The Phillips Collection in Washington DC introduces America to the work of Italian artist, Giuseppe De Nittis in the exhibition, “An Italian Impressionist in Paris: Giuseppe De Nittis” on view Nov 12, 2022–Feb 12, 2023.
De Nittis was from the City of Barletta in Puglia and many of the 73 works displayed come from the Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis, a museum dedicated to the artist in his hometown. He got his early art education in Naples before moving to Paris in 1867 when he was 21. A few years later Edgar Degas, whom he likely first met in Naples, invited him to exhibit in the first Impressionist exhibition. Visitors will discover his friendship with Degas, as well as Manet and Caillebotte, whose works are also on display.
Blending traditional Salon style with the innovations of his colleagues, De Nittis depicted the stylish high society of Paris as the city rebounded from the destruction of the Franco-Prussian war, as well as continuing to depict the sun-drenched scenes of southern Italian life he was known for early in his career. London became another inspiring location for the artist.
The Phillips describes De Nittis as “a central figure to the aesthetic and institutional upheaval of 1870s Paris” and Phillips Vradenburg Director and CEO Dorothy Kosinski calls the artist “a major figure in the Impressionism period” who “wasn’t heralded in the United States in the same way we think of Degas and Manet.”
The exhibition has been organized with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis, the City of Barletta, Italy and the Region of Puglia with the Fondazione Pino Pascali; additional support is provided by the Embassy of Italy, Washington, D.C. and the Italian Cultural Institute, Washington, D.C.
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WHERE AND WHEN
Nov 12, 2022–Feb 12, 2023
The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
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