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Edoardo Dalbono (Naples 1841 - Naples 1915)

Edoardo Dalbono (Naples 1841–1915) belonged to the generation that came to the fore following the new direction taken by Giacinto Gigante and when the Palizzi brothers were well established, in particular Filippo Palizzi, who was Dalbono’s teacher.
Dalbono studied drawing in Rome but it was in Naples, and within the Neapolitan artistic scene, that he definitively found his place, between the Posillipo School and the School of Resina. At the same time, beginning in the early 1860s, Dalbono showed a lively interest in the ideas coming from Tuscany regarding painting based on macchie (patches of colour). His active contribution also took the form of participation in the annual Promotrice art show in Naples – an institution that systematically collected local, and also some non-local, works of art.
For ten years, from 1878 to 1888, Dalbono lived in Paris where the art dealer, Adolphe Goupil, to whom he had been introduced by De Nittis, opened the doors of the Parisian art scene to him. From there he moved to Venice, which offered him many different themes for landscapes.
Although greatly influenced by the work of Domenico Morelli, whom Dalbono commemorated in a very insightful piece of writing, he developed a language in which the force of the macchie, suggested by the Tuscan examples, was set with naturalness within the limits of more traditional vedutism.


Antonio Del Guercio