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Giuseppe De Nittis in Washington

The Phillips Collection presents until February 12 the first exhibition in the United States devoted to the work of Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1884), Italian painter whose career flourished in the Impressionist Paris of the 1870s and 1880s.

Giuseppe De Nittis. Le Déjeuner au jardin. 1883-1884.Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis, Barletta, Italy
Giuseppe De Nittis. Le Déjeuner au jardin. 1883-1884.Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis, Barletta, Italy

The exhibition is organized by The Phillips Collection with the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis (which lent 32 paintings), the City of Barletta, Italy, and the Region of Puglia with the Fondazione Pino Pascali. It brings together 73 works from leading institutions and private collections in the United States, France and Italy.

Giuseppe De Nittis. Les Courses à Auteuil. 1883. Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis, Barletta, Italy
Giuseppe De Nittis. Les Courses à Auteuil. 1883. Pinacoteca Giuseppe De Nittis, Barletta, Italy

In the 1870s, De Nittis witnessed the resilience and rebuilding of Paris in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War. His urban scenes depict innovative framing and outdoor subjects painted with detailed realism. Alongside an economically booming Paris, De Nittis also stayed in London from 1873, which allowed him to explore the atmosphere and rhythms of city life in equally innovative compositions of his own. to the British metropolis. Paintings from all periods of De Nittis' career are featured in this exhibition as well as works by Degas, Manet and Caillebotte.

Giuseppe De Nittis. La place des Pyramides. Paris. 1875. Musée d'Orsay.© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Giuseppe De Nittis. La place des Pyramides. Paris. 1875. Musée d'Orsay.© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

The Phillips Collection, America's first museum of modern art, was founded in 1921. The museum houses one of the world's most celebrated collections of Impressionist and American art and continues to expand its offering with significant contemporary contributions.


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