Friday, September 16, 2011

Segantini, Giovanni

Ave Maria on the Lake
93 x 120 cm (36,5 x 47,2 inches)
Oil on canvas
Segantini Museum, St. Moritz, on permanent loan from the Otto Fischbacher Giovanni Segantini Stiftung

Giovanni Segantini (1858 - 1899) was an Italian painter known for his large pastoral landscapes of the Alps.
He was one of the most famous artists in Europe in the late 19th century, and his paintings were collected by major museums. He was active in Switzerland for most of his life.

Nature and the connections of people to nature are the core themes of his art. After he moved to the mountains he wrote "I am now working passionately in order to wrest the secret of Nature's spirit from her. Nature utters the eternal word to the artist: love, love; and the earth sings life in spring, and the soul of things reawakens."
He said "I've got God inside me. I don't need to go to church."
Ave Maria on the Lake, 1886, is one of Segantini’s most famous paintings.