Sunday, June 8, 2014

Federico Zandomeneghi

Waiting (Girl by the Window)
year unknown
oil on canvas
65 x 54 cm
private collection

Federico Zandomeneghi (1841-1917) was an Italian Impressionist painter, born in Venice. His father and grandfather were neoclassic sculptors. As a young man, he preferred painting to sculpture, enrolling in 1856 first in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice, and then in the Academy of Fine Arts of Milan.

In 1860, he tried to join with the forces of Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) in his Expedition of the Thousand. This made it uncomfortable for him to reside in Venice, and in 1862, he moved to Florence where he frequented the Caffe Michelangiolo. There he joined artists 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 the rest of his life. He quickly made the acquaintance of the Impressionists. He admired the work of Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and his many paintings of women in their domestic routines follow their example.