Giacomo Grosso Italy

5-23-1860 Cambiano, ITA – 1-14-1938 Turin, ITA

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Grosso, Giacomo

After spending his childhood at Glaveno seminary, Giacomo Grosso enrolled at the Accademia Albertina in Turin in 1873, thanks to a scholarship he was awarded by Cambiano Town Council.

He became a pupil of Andrea Gastaldi and made his debut in 1882 at the 24th Esposizione della Società di Incoraggiamento alle Belle Arti di Torino, completing his studies the following year. In 1884 he participated in the Esposizione Generale Italiana in Turin with a painting inspired by La storia di una capinera by Giovanni Verga. After coming into contact with the Paris art scene through his many stays in the French capital, Giacomo Grosso continued to exhibit assiduously in the Turin Promotrici, the Venice Esposizioni Internazionali d’Arte from the first edition in 1895 (with a one-man show in 1912), and in other international shows (Paris, 1896; Munich, 1899; San Francisco, 1915) where he became acclaimed as a portraitist.

From 1901 when Giacomo Grosso made his first journey to South America he began to receive commissions from Argentina and in 1910, for the International Centenary Exhibition in Buenos Aires, he executed a large commemorative canvas of the Battle of Maipú, an episode in the War of Argentine Independence. From 1906 he held the chair of painting at the Accademia Albertina in Turin and in 1929 he was nominated senator of the kingdom.

Influences: Andrea Gastaldi
Traveled: Argentina, France, Germany, USA
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