Giuseppe Cesetti biography




Giuseppe Cesetti is an Italian painter. He was born in Tuscania in 1902.

The son of farmers, he spent his adolescence in contact with that nature and those landscapes that we will find in his future works and which will make him known to the public as the horse painter or the Maremma painter .

him He was self-taught and at the age of 16 he began traveling throughout the Italian peninsula until he reached Rome where he came into contact with the artists and writers of those years. He exhibited for the first time in Como, in 1927, then moved to Florence where, in 1930, he held his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Santa Trinità . On this occasion, numerous artists including Libero Andreotti, Romano Romanelli, Ottone Rosai, Ugo Ojetti purchased some of his paintings to encourage the young artist.

In 1931 Giuseppe Cesetti was appointed assistant to the chair of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice. Many young artists gathered around him and gave life to the Cavallino movement. Also in 1931, he participated in the Quadrennial of Rome with three works. In 1934 he participated in the Venice Biennale with five works, including Alla staccionata and Nudo di giovinetta. In 1935 he exhibited at the Galleria del Milione in Milan, while the following year he returned to the Venice Biennale exhibiting the famous painting I Vaccari .

From 1935 to 1937 he was in Paris where he became friends with Giorgio de Chirico, Filippo de Pisis and Antonio Aniante. He returned to Italy in Milan and joined the Pesce d'Oro group composed, among others, of Giovanni Scheiwiller, Francesco Messina, Salvatore Quasimodo, Raffaele Carrieri, Leonardo Sinisgalli, Arturo Tofanelli.

In 1939 he took up the chair of drawing at the Liceo Artistico of Venice, and in 1941 he was appointed chair of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in the same city. In 1943 he asked to be transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and in that same period he founded the Galleria del Secolo.

At the end of the war, he was appointed provincial deputy of Viterbo by the liberation committees. In 1946 he returned to Venice and in 1949 he organized and presided, in collaboration with the municipality of Venice, the exhibition 50 years of painting in Italy creating on that occasion the Purchase Prize, still in force. In 1961 the city of Viterbo set up a large anthology of Cesetti in the Palazzo dei Priori, with over 100 paintings ranging from 1928 to 1961.

After the 1971 earthquake that shocked his hometown, he worked to promote its artistic and cultural rebirth. In these years he began working in the Montebello studio, in the countryside around Tuscania, where he remained to live and work until his death in 1990.