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Giovanni Segantini

Born: Arco, 15 January 1858
Died: Schafberg, Switzerland, 28 September 1899
Nationality: Italian-Swiss

poor family; orphaned by 1866


Accademia di Belle Arti de Brera (Milan)


1880 – Vittore Grubicy de Dragon, an art collector, becomes Segantini’s sponsor

1882 – begins exhibiting regularly in The Netherlands

1883 – gold medal at the International Exhibition in Amsterdam for Mary Crossing the Lake (private collection)

1886 – contractual agreement with Vittore and Alberto Grubicy; settles in Savognin

1888 – Italian government purchases At the Fence (Galleria Nazionale D'Arte Moderna, Rome)

1889 – publication of Luigi Illica’s poem, “Nirvana,” which exerts profound influence on Segantini’s work

1894 – meets Divisionist painter Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo at the second Brera triennale in Milan

1896 – one-man show at Munich Secession

Important Artworks: 

Punishment of Lust, 1891 (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool)

Reassurance of Faith, 1896 (Kunsthalle, Hamburg)


Vittore and Alberto Grubicy