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Casale Monferrato 1859 - La Loggia 1933

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Biography

Bistolfi son of John, also a sculptor, and Angela Amisano, thanks to a grant from the municipality, in 1876 he entered the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, where he was taught by Joshua Silver. In 1880, he began courses in Edward Tabacchi at the Accademia Albertina in Turin. In 1885 he was affiliated with the Masons at the lodge "Dante Alighieri" in Turin and many of his works show esoteric symbolism. The early works (The washerwomen, Sunset, Vesper, Boaro, lovers, performed between 1880 and 1885, resented the influence of Scapigliatura Milan. Realized in 1882 The Angel of Death for Brayda grave at the Monumental Cemetery of Turin and the bust of Antonio Fontanesi (1883) for the Accademia Albertina, addressing toward symbolism that never abandoned. Its also, the Cemetery of Staglieno (Genoa), the tomb of Senator Tito Orsini. Monument for the tomb of Sebastiano Grandis in Borgo San Dalmazzo (CN). From this time until 1914 he realized numerous busts, medals and portraits of famous people (Delleani Lorenzo, Giuseppe Antonio Round, Round Ottavio, Urbano Rattazzi in Casale Monferrato, Vittorio Emanuele II, Umberto I, Cesare Lombroso Verona, Vittorio Winnipeg, Edmondo De Amicis and Emilio Treves, to name a few.) In 1888 he began to participate in some contests for commemorative monuments that saw him no winner for the monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi was surpassed by Ettore Ximenes (nevertheless, the Bistolfi sketch was then made of bronze as a result of a subscription of some artists) to the equestrian monument to Prince Amedeo of Savoy, sponsored by the City of Turin, was surpassed by Davide Calandra, while the monument to the Cairoli family in Pavia obtained only official recognition.'s career, however, does not stop: at the beginning of the nineties he was named an honorary member of the Accademia Albertina and secretary of the Circle of Artists. Gusberti In 1893 he married Maria. From 1892 to 1894 he decorated the Chapel XVI of the Sacro Monte di Create Between 1892 and 1908 she also did several funerary monuments (statues and reliefs), including the funerary plaque for André Glades in Geneva, the memorial to Sebastiano Grandis (Borgo San Dalmazzo), the tomb of Senator Federico Rosazza and Sphinx to the grave Pansa of Cuneo, in 1892, that he began his symbolist poetics, whose realization was followed by fellow artists and writers almost like a revelation. Between 1894 and 1897, realized in Frascarolo (PV), the sepulchral chapel Vochieri , where is preserved in one of the masterpieces of Bistolfi, 'The Brides of Death', a magnificent marble bas-relief that embodies the artistic conception bistolfiana. Again in the same chapel is preserved the memorial in memory of little Johnnie Vochieri. In Bistolfi became short, even a little 'in spite of himself, the "Poet of Death" because of his recurring themes, all marked by a sensitive attitude is not obvious contemplation of the fatal moment of the passage to the other side. fact, one of his masterpieces is the Toscanini family tomb in the Monumental Cemetery in Milan, where he is also buried in the great conductor Arturo Toscanini. achieves the same cemetery grave Erminia Cairati Vogt. They counted, in the development of these ideas, even the acquaintances of positivism Turin, especially in the cultural gathered around the figure of Cesare Lombroso. was then common among intellectuals in Turin also a sympathy towards the socialist movement, the "Socialism of the professors," as defined by Paul Spriano, and he found himself fell perfectly Bistolfi in that world, passing by the idealism of art and politics in concrete works of paternalism and philanthropy as a model fabiano. typical example of this process was John Cena, a close friend of Bistolfi, and the main means of coming to Turin in 1901 of the great Parisian sculptor Auguste Rodin to visit the studio of the master Casale. Bistolfi founded in 1902 with Calandra, Ceragioli, Reycend and Enrico Enrico Thovez the magazine "The modern decorative art." He participated in the first edition of the Venice Biennale and other five editions between 1895 and 1905. Just got a solo exhibition in 1905 and received a prize for sculpture. realizes, in 1901, the large crucifix on the stone of the mausoleum of the Italian Vittoriale in Gardone Riviera. Alba Even in the church of S.Domenico realize the marble group The Cross. In 1906 built a monument to the painter Giovanni Segantini, Beauty liberated from matter also known as the Alps, in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome. For the Victorian created the group The marble sacrifice but, after being appointed in 1907 a member of the Commission, resigned with Benedetto Croce, Ludovico Pogliaghi and Corrado Ricci in protest at the decision of the monument represent historical subjects rather than allegorical. During the same year he participated in the VII International Exhibition Venice Art. Between 1907 and 1908 built the monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi in the city of Sanremo. While between 1908 and 1909 will carry the nostalgia for the distant shore - Monument Zanardelli on the lakeside of Maderno. His bust of Jerome Rovetta of 1911, in the foyer of the Teatro Grande in Brescia. In 1923 he was named Senator of the Kingdom. yeah In 1926 he managed the high reliefs in the monument to the fallen of Sartirana Lomellina. Same dedication to Correggio. In 1928 he completed his masterpieces mature between where the Monument to Carducci at the side of the building's historic Casa Carducci in Bologna, the bronze monument of Giuseppe Garibaldi on his horse at the center of the gardens of the extension to the Sea of ������Savona and the War Memorial for Casale Monferrato. His last works , some of which are designed decades ago, have a remarkable visionary charge, that the most recent studies are rightly reassessing also in relation to developments in twentieth-century sculpture in Italy. They, however, were greeted coldly by contemporary intellectuals, now oriented towards the poetics of the twentieth century . Specifically, B. suffered the slating of Soffici, who profited to his future fame, while, on the contrary, the sculptor Arturo Martini had had all his life a warm and pleasant memory. The spread of the so-called "bistolfismo" or the work of countless imitators of his poetic tardoliberty funeral, without the high intellectual qualities of the teacher, had resulted in the decline of interest in her figure as a sculptor, redeemed in the last twenty years by a renewed commitment to critical and art historians to reassess the work, even in the fields of painting, poetry and art criticism. died in La Loggia, in the province of Turin, September 3, 1933. rests in the cemetery of Casale Monferrato. Fonte Wikipedia .

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