Italian Realist artist born 1859 - died 1944 Eugenio Zampighi was born in Modena, Italy on 17th October 1859.
Eugenio Zampighi showed a keen interest in art when he was very young and at the age of thirteen Eugenio Zampighi attended the Academy of Design. Zampighi completed the course winning six first class medals in the examinations.
At the age of twenty, Zampighi won a scholarship and spent three years in Rome. Eugenio Zampighi was very successful in the yearly examinations and Eugenio Zampighi was invited to become an Honorable Member of the Modena Academy. Eugenio Zampighi spent the last year of his scholarship in Florence and Eugenio Zampighi decided to settle there in 1884. It was here that Zampighi began to paint his well known genre subjects. These were readily sold and Eugenio Zampighi received many commissions from local dealers and from abroad.
Taking inspiration from a poem buy Leopardi, Zampighi executed a large painting that was exhibited in the hall of the Modena Academy. It was a great success and the Council of the Academy conferred upon him the degree of Professor.
Eugenio Zampighi then devoted himself to figure painting, depicting scenes of the domestic life of his countrymen. These paintings are very pleasing compositions with lively coloring and are his best known paintings. They are highly sought after today by collectors in Italy and abroad and they were equally popular during the artist’s own lifetime. Eugenio Zampighi died in Maranello in 1944.
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