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Giacomo Gandi (1846 – 1932) was an Italian painter noted for genre painting.


Biography

He was born in Saluzzo in the Province of Cuneo, Italy, to an author of agricultural texts. After studying briefly under Andrea Gastaldi at the Accademia Albertina in Turin, Giacomo Gandi continued his formation independently by making trips to Florence, Rome – where he settled around 1869 – and Parma. He appears to have prided himself in never setting foot in the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, instead training with a painter by the surname Gigi.[1]

Moving to Savigliano after 1874, he specialised in genre painting and watercolour in which he executed two works for the 1878 Exposition Universelle in Paris. He participated in the national exhibitions in Milan in 1872, Turin in 1880 and 1884, Milan in 1881 and, two years later in the Rome Esposizione di Belle Arti. He also took part in the shows organised by the Società Promotrice di Belle Arti di Torino from 1870 to 1896, as well as those in Genoa, Florence and Naples. The great success of his painting inspired by the life of the common people began to decline towards the end of the 19th century due to the changing tastes of collectors. However, he continued unstintingly to practise his art, albeit in the narrow environment of Savigliano, until the last years of his life when he was prevented from doing so by an eye disease. He died in 1932 in Savigliano.[2] He was named a knight of the Order of the Crown of Italy.

Among his works:[3]

In Teatro (1880, version exhibited in Turin)
A mosca cieca
I piccoli giocatori
Nel parco
Al quaresimale
In tavola
La mamma assente
La tabacchiera del Nonno
Chi sarà?
Un nemico di casa (1881, exhibited in Milan)
Prima confessione
Pianura
Ave Maria
Un nuovo parente (1883, exhibited in Rome)
Sempliciano
Un sentiero delle Alpi (1884, exhibited in Turin)

References

Laura Casone, Giacomo Gandi, online catalogue Artgate by Fondazione Cariplo, 2010, CC BY-SA (source for the first revision of this article).

Pittura e scultura in Piemonte 1842-1891: Catalogo cronografico illustrato della Esposizione Retrospettiva 1892, by A. Stella, Stamperia Reale della ditta G.B. Paravia e Compagnia. Turin, 1893, page 442-444.
L Casone.
Dizionario degli artisti italiani viventi, pittori, scultori e architetti, by Angelo De Gubernatis, with notes by Ugo Matini; Le Monnier publishers, Florence (1889); page 217.

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