Vittorio Matteo Corcos Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions
10-4-1859 Livorno, ITA – 11-8-1933 Florence, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Vittorio Matteo Corcos was born in Livorno to Jewish parents. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence under Enrico Pollastrini. Between 1878 and 1879 he apprenticed with Domenico Morelli in Naples. He then ventured to Paris and met with Léon Bonnat, and was able to sign a contract with the Goupil Gallery for the exhibition and sale of his paintings. He was able to supplement his income as a portrait painter by also doing illustrations for magazines. He became friends with the Italian Impressionism artist Giuseppe De Nittis. Between 1881 and 1886, he exhibited at the Salon.
Vittorio Matteo Corcos returned to Italy in 1886, to join the army, and settled in Florence. He changed over to Catholicism to marry the widower, Emma Ciabatti. In Florence, he made friends in the intellectual circles and made portraits of notables Silvestro Lega, Giosue Carducci, and Pietro Mascagni. After 1900, he wrote for the Florentine Journal Il Marzocco and also published short stories. In 1904, at the request of German Emperor William II, he traveled to Potsdam to paint him and members of the German monarchy. In the 1920s he joined the Gruppo Labronico along with Plinio Nomellini and Ulvi Liegi.
Vittorio Matteo Corcos also painted portraits of Mussolini, Countess Annina Morosini, Countess Nerina Volpi di Misurata, Carducci, Puccini, and Mascagni. He is best known for his genre works of finely dressed people as if posing for a photo.
Art Movement: Academic.
Artists Influencing Corcos: Enrico Pollastrini, Domenico Morelli.
He Traveled To France, Germany.
Painters Vittorio Matteo Corcos Influenced: Cesare Maggi.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.