Giuseppe De Nittis





Giuseppe De Nittis was an Italian painter. In Florence, in 1867, he came into contact with the Macchiaioli and painted some luminous landscapes that brought him his first successes. In the same year he went for the first time to Paris, where he resided for a long time several times, acquiring great fame with his views of the city but also with costume paintings in the style of M. Fortuny and J.-L.-E. Meissonier, executed for the merchant Goupli. After the success of the Strada da Brindisi to Barletta, exhibited in Paris in 1873, he participated in the various salons, as well as in the first exhibition of the Impressionists at Nadar, in 1874. Approaching impressionism, he captured the atmospheric research of the plein air and the interest in themes drawn from modern life, but did not give up on the mixes of color and the bitumen of nineteenth-century atelier painting, especially in his most easily successful production, linked to bourgeois melodramatic realism. The most notable aspects of his work therefore remain the landscapes and views, which in some unpublished cuts indicate his interest in Japanese art, and are imprinted with delicate and enveloping chromaticity (Lungo la Senna, Milan, Gall. D'Arte Mod .; Bois de Boulogne Naples, Mus. Of Capodimonte). The country studies carried out during the return to Italy are interesting and lively (Alla falde del Vesuvio, ca 1872, Milan, Art Gallery Mod.).