Zandomeneghi, an Italian painter in Paris – soon in Padua
From next October 1st, and until January 29th 2017, Palazzo Zabarella in Padua will present “L’Impressionismo di Zandomeneghi”, an exhibition dedicated to telling the story of this Venetian painter’s artistic life through one hundred of his works, marking the centennial of his death.
Federico Zandomeneghi’s (1841-1917) artistic destiny was determined by one date in particular: 1874.
That is the year Impressionism was officially born, on April 15th, when a group of “revolutionary” and independent artists – Monet, Sisley, Degas, Renoir – first held a show in photography pioneer Nadar’s studio on Boulevard des Capucines in Paris. The works they showcased represented a clear break with the Louvre’s Salon, from which they had been excluded for years.
In early June 1874, Zandomeneghi suddenly decided to leave Italy and go to Paris. He had planned for a few weeks’ stay, but ended up moving there for the rest of his life.
He became friends with Degas and Renoir, and stood out as the member of the “Italiens de Paris” group (with Boldini and De Nittis) who was closest to the Parisian Impressionist movement.
Here is a selection of his painting of women.