A Gabriele Smargiassi Southern Italian Landscape
Neopolitan School, 19th century oil on canvas landscape centred around a huge tree and pastoral scene depicting two figures with pair of horned goats near an expansive lake surrounded by tall mountain peaks amid the dawning of a new day. Signed G Smargiassi for Gabriele Smargiassi on the right hand bottom of the canvas.
Gabriele Smargiassi (1798 – May 12, 1882) was an Italian painter and leader of the Neapolitan Academy of Arts in Naples Italy. Smargiassi was born in the town of vasto in Chieti. Initially aiming to be a priest like his uncle, but an artistic talent was recognized, and he was sent at age 19 to train in Naples, briefly with Giuseppe Cammarano and then for seven years with Anton Sminck Van Lo. He then traveled to Rome, where he was briefly a tutor to Louis-Philippe, future king of France. He was patronized in Paris by the Salon of the Duchess of Saint-Leu. He returned to Naples to fill the chair of Professor of Landscape painting for the Academy of Arts in Naples. In Naples, he was patronized by the Count of Aquila. GIacinto Gigante who was a contemporary and fellow-painter. His pupils included Franceco Mancini, Alfonso Simonetti and Raimondo Scoppa who all went on to receive fame.
Ref. AO GS1568