Giovanni Segantini

Beat Stutzer

Giovanni Segantini

Beat Stutzer

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

208 pages | 141 color plates | 10 x 12
Cloth $49.00 ISBN: 9783858817839 Published February 2017 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Giovanni Segantini (1858–99) was an Italian-born Swiss painter who created his work, primarily landscapes, largely in and around his home in the Swiss Alps. As an artist, Segantini is a difficult figure to place. While some of his works can be described as utilizing the pointillist or divisionist techniques made popular by Seurat and Van Gogh, Segantini’s style of painting shares a closer affinity with symbolism. Later in his career, he has also begun to be acknowledged as an early convert to European modernism, his work poised at the transition from nineteenth-century aesthetics to twentieth-century artistic experimentation.
           
A long-awaited retrospective, Giovanni Segantini showcases sixty paintings selected from the artist’s prolific career. Among them are many truly beautiful images. Suffused with light and saturated with color, they feature villages, farmers and shepherds watching over wandering livestock, and idyllic pastoral scenes from the Swiss Alps. Each painting is described in detail, with information about the circumstances of its creation. The paintings are accompanied by an introductory essay that examines Segantini’s life and work, assessing the reception of his paintings over more than a century, including his influence on later artists and movements, such as Joseph Beuys and the futurists. Additional essays bring together the latest research on Segantini’s biography, his depictions of nature and the connections between nature and man, his masterful handling of shadow and light, and the divisionist combinations of iconography in Segantini’s later works.
           
With Giovanni Segantini, Beat Stutzer has compiled a comprehensive overview of this inventive alpine artist, including some paintings that have not been accessible to the public in many years. It will be welcomed by art historians, collectors, curators, and all with an interest in this period in art.
 
Contents
Foreword
 
“I always strove upward”
An Introduction to the Life, Work, and Reception of Giovanni Segantini
 
Descriptions of Works
 
The Choir of the Church of Sant’ Antonion, 1879
The Bell Ringer, 1879/80
Self-Portrait Age Twenty, 1879/80
Naviglio under Snow, 1879/80
Portrait of Leopoldina Grubicy, ca. 1880
Landscape with a Woman on a Tree, ca. 1881
Landscape with Sheep, ca. 1881
Kissing the Cross, 1881/82
Painters of Today, 1882/83
Portrait of a Lady, 1883/84
Bagpipers of Brianza (Zampognari in Brianza), 1883-1885
The Pumpkin Harvest, 1883/84
The Blessing of the Sheep, ca. 1884
The Last Effort of the Day, 1884
Portrait of Signore Torelli, 1885/86
Early Mass, 1885/86
Mushrooms, 1886
Still Life with White Goose, 1886
The Rod, 1886
The Sheep Shearing, 1886-1888
Ave Maria Crossing the Lake, 1886
The Water Carrier, 1886/87
Portrait of Vittore Grubicy, 1887
Light Contrast, 1887
At the Well, 1887
Return to the Fold, 1888
The Snowmelt in Savognin, 1888
Girl Knitting, 1888
Cows at the Water Trough, 1888
My Models, 1888
The Hay Harvest, 1888/89/ 1898
The Two Mothers, 1889
Mountain Pasture in May, 1890
Return from the Woods, 1890
Plowing, 1890
Midday in the Alps, 1891
Midday in the Alps, 1892
The Two Mothers, 1891
Resting in the Shade, 1892
Dead Fawn, 1892
On the Balcony, 1892
Brown Cow at the Trough, 1892
The Sad Hour, 1892
Woman at the Well, 1893/94
Alpine Meadows, 1893-1895
The Punishment of Lust, 1891
The Bad Mothers, 1894
The Angel of Life, 1894
Return to the Homeland, 1895
Self-Portrait, 1895
Love at the Fountain of Live, 1896
Meadows in Spring, 1896
The Comfort of Faith (Religious Comfort), 1895/96
Portrait of Carlo Rotta, 1897
Vanity (The Source of Evil), 1897
Springtime in the Alps, 1897
Alpine Landscape, 1898/99
Life—Nature—Death, 1896-1899
 
Appendix
Biography Giovanni Segantini
Bibliography (Selection)
Image Credits
 
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