Federico Zandomeneghi, THE MODEL RESTING IN THE STUDIO
01 Work, The Art Of The Nude, with footnotes # 48

Henry Zaidan
2 min readOct 26, 2019
Federico Zandomeneghi, VENISE 1841–1917 PARIS
THE MODEL RESTING IN THE STUDIO

Oil on canvas
22 x 16.3 cm ; 8 5/8 by 6 3/8 in.
Private collection

Federico Zandomeneghi (June 2, 1841 — December 31, 1917) was an Italian Impressionist painter, born in Venice. As a young man, he enrolling in 1856 first in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, and then in the Academy of Fine Arts of Milan. In 1859, to avoid conscription into the Austrian army, he flees Venice. The next year in he tried to join with the forces of Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882). This made it uncomfortable for him to reside in Venice, leading to a brief incarceration, and in 1862, he moved to Florence. There he met a number of the artists known as the Macchiaioli, and he joined them in painting landscapes outdoors. Painting outside of the studio, “en plein air”, was at that time an innovative approach, allowing for a new vividness and spontaneity in the rendering of light.

In 1874, he went to Paris, where he was to spend nearly the rest of his life. He quickly made the acquaintance of the Impressionists, who had just had their first group exhibition. Zandomeneghi, whose style of painting was similar to theirs, would participate in four of their later exhibitions, in 1879, 1880, 1881, and 1886. Like his close friend Edgar Degas he was primarily a figure painter. To supplement the meager returns from the sale of his paintings, Zandomeneghi found work drawing illustrations for fashion magazines.

He took up working in pastels in the early 1890s, and became especially adept in this medium. At about this same time his reputation and his fortunes were enhanced when the art dealer Durand-Ruel showed Zandomeneghi’s work in the United States. From then on he enjoyed continuing modest success until his death in Paris in 1917. More on Federico Zandomeneghi

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