Giuseppe de Nittis


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(b Barletta, 25 Feb. 1846; d St-Germain-en-Laye, nr. Paris, 21 Aug. 1884).

Italian painter, mainly of landscapes and scenes of city life. Early in his career he was associated with the Macchiaioli. He settled in Paris in 1868, became a friend of Degas and Manet, and took part in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874 (because de Nittis had already enjoyed some success at the Salon, Degas thought that the presence of his work among the Impressionists would mean that critics ‘won't be able to say that ours is an exhibition of rejected artists’). The best collection of his work is in the Pinacoteca Communale at Barletta, his native town.

Subjects: Art.

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