Alberto Pasini Biography | Oil Paintings

9-3-1826 Busseto, ITA – 12-15-1899 Cavoretto, ITA

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Pasini, Alberto

Alberto Pasini lost his father when he was two years old, later on, his mother moved to Parma, were enrolled at the age of seventeen, in the Academy of Fine Art of Parma, studying landscape painting and drawing. In Parma, he was helped by his uncle, the painter and manuscript illuminator, Antonio Pasini, who painted for the local nobility and collaborated with the Giovanni Battista Bodoni publishing house. By 1852, Alberto Pasini exhibited a series of thirty designs, made into lithographs, depicting various castles around Lunigiana, Parma, and Piacenza. He was noticed by the artist Paolo Toschi, who urged Pasini to go to Paris, where Pasini first joined the workshop of the Ciceri brothers, of the School of Barbizon.

In 1853 his lithograph of The Evening gained him admittance to the Paris Salon, and to the workshop of the famous Théodore Chassériau. The Crimean War (1853-56) offered a new opportunity for Pasini when in 1855, Chassériau did not want to go, so he recommended Pasini to replace him on the expedition to Persia. Alberto Pasini went to Persia, returning through the north of Persia and Armenia before reaching the port of Trebizond. In ensuing trips, he visited Egypt, the Red Sea, Arabia, Turkey, and Persia. In 1862 at Istanbul, Alberto Pasini painted a canvas depicting a Victory by the Turks led by Sultan Abdul Mezid, which he exhibited at Paris. In 1865, he spent some time in Cannes, painted landscapes of the Rivier. Alberto Pasini painted numerous highly detailed paintings of Orientalist subjects during his trips of 1867. a. During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, he returned to Italy, settling in Cavoretto, on the hills around Turin. He returned to Turkey in 1876 to execute four paintings commissioned by Sultan Abdul Aziz. He was about to return to Istanbul the following year, but his patron, the Sultan, died.

Art Movement: Orientalism Art.
Artists Influencing Alberto Pasini: Antonio Pasini, Théodore Chassériau.
He Traveled To France, Persia, Armenia, Egypt, Arabia, Turkey, Spain.
Artist Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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