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Angelo Morbelli (Alexandria 1853 - Milan 1919)

Born in 1853 in Alexandria, Morbelli studied under Bertini at the Brera Academy in Milan where he debuted in 1881, displaying a genre painting after the fashion of Luigi Conconi. The impasto influenced by Cremona also took account of the chromatic experiments of Ranzoni and the Lombard Scapigliatura, while striving to obtain a greater fusion of the figure into the atmosphere. He also had strong ties with the verist tradition and with socialist and humanitarian ideals.  
He joined the Divisionist movement in 1887, after having seen the works of Segantini, Pellizza da Volpedo, Previati and Fornara, which convinced him to move towards modernity and embrace this new technique.
Shortly afterwards Morbelli became one of the most convinced and orthodox supporters of the new trend, pushing the confines of decomposition towards a molecular pointillism.
His sentimental disposition, lifelong humanitarian engagement and the descriptive realism of his subjects constricted his style somewhat, distancing it, despite its rigorous technique, from that vivid and incisive effect typical of Segantini, as well as from the purer and more abstract mode of Seurat. Angelo Morbelli died in Milan in 1919.


Augusta Monferini