FAVRETTO, Giacomo
(b. 1849, Venezia, d. 1887, Venezia)

Biography

Italian painter and draughtsman. He studied at the Accademia in Venice from 1864 to 1875. He lost an eye through a blood infection in 1877, but he recovered his general health and stayed on at the Accademia as an assistant until 1878. Favretto's early interiors and portraits were influenced by the chiaroscuro realism of Michele Cammarano. In 1878 he became a national celebrity at the Brera exhibition with his charming and amusing genre scene The Mouse (Milan, Brera). The same year he showed The Prescription (private collection) and At the Tailor's (private collection) at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, which he visited with Guglielmo Ciardi.

His interest in genre painting translated into anecdotal inventions in which the first glance is resolved into a brilliant atmospheric sketch. His style approaches that of the virtuoso genre painting of Fortuny and Meissonier. Favretto's best works are his powerful, lucid interpretations of the brooding lagoon seascape.