SEGANTINI, Giovanni
(b. 1858, Arco, d. 1899, Schafberg)

Ploughing

1890
Oil on canvas, 116 x 227 cm
Neue Pinakothek, Munich

In the 1880s, Lombardy began to play an active part in Italian art. The movement that originated there declared its loyalty to the great Italian tradition, and was particularly interested in atmospherics of light, colour, and texture. In the 1890s, such work came into its own with divisionist or pointillist paintings.

From 1886 on, Segantini, an Italian divisionist, developed his own technique for splitting colours, using separate brush-strokes for complementary colour values. His art concentrated on the light in the mountains, which provided him with a preferred subject which he tended to interpret in strongly Symbolist ways.




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