Enrico Rossi

(Napoli, 1858 – 1916)



Naples 1858 - 1916

He studied at the Academy of Naples under the guidance of D. Morelli and G. Smargiassi. As a painter and illustrator, he created portraits and genre scenes in both oil and pastel. He was influenced by A. Mancini, particularly in his portrait work, and by E. Dalbono in the lively decorative style of advertising graphics. In 1876, he made his debut with "Studio dal vero" (watercolor) and three pen drawings at the Promotrice partenopea, where he exhibited until 1891 (1879, "A Bit of Rest"; 1881, "Think of little Nennillo who is far away," both acquired by the province of Naples). He also exhibited in 1881 in Genoa, in 1883 in Rome ("Between Tears and Laughter"), and in 1884 in Milan ("The Meal," "Half an Hour of Fun"). Starting in the early 1880s, he devoted himself increasingly to the activity of newspaper illustration, including publications such as "II Fortunio" and "II Mattino." In the painting "Magazzini Mele in via San Carlo" (1905, private collection), one can see his affinity with G. Cailebotte, both in the precision of the drawing and the tight perspective of the modern buildings.

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