“Fattori’s painting” says Argan, “is not the academic, generic and evasive design; it is, as it was in the Tuscan figurative culture of the fifteenth century, a design that penetrates, defines, engraves. “ (G.C. Argan, “History of Italian art, Sansoni, 1979)
Giovanni Fattori (1825–1908) was born in Livorno but then moved to Florence, coming into contact with the group of painters who met at the Michelangelo cafe, in via Larga (now via Cavour).
He starts as a romantic but his artistic maturity and his most prolific moment are concentrated after forty years when, together…