Arturo Tosi

Vilminore Orchards (The Hospice)



ca. 1928

Basket with Fruit



Arturo Tosi was born in Busto Arsizio, Italy, on July 25, 1871. In 1882 his family moved to Milan and in 1885 he started painting. He trained with the artist Adolfo Feragutti Visconti while also attending the Scuola Libera del Nudo at the Accademia di Brera (1889–90). He associated with the post-Scapigliati and joined the artistic circles of Carlo Jotti and Gerolamo Cairati.
Tosi was first noticed by the critic Vittore Grubicy, whom he met in 1891 at the Esposizione Triennale di Belle Arti, Milan. Between 1892 and 1894 he befriended the artists Carlo Fornara and Gian Maria Rastellini. In 1897 he married Beatrice Alborghetti and in 1900 he travelled to Paris and London. He took part in the Venice Biennale uninterruptedly from 1909 until 1956. In 1911 he exhibited in Munich and at the Esposizione Internazionale, Rome. Between 1910 and 1911 Tosi concentrated almost exclusively on his graphic work.
After admiring Paul Cézanne’s œuvre at the 1920 Venice Biennale, Tosi decided to focus on landscapes, particularly those of Lombardy and Liguria. In 1922 Tosi was awarded a Gold Medal by the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione and a year later he held his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Pesaro, Milan. In 1924 he exhibited in Brussels at the Palais des Beaux-Arts. In 1925 Margherita Sarfatti invited him to join the Steering Committee of the Novecento movement; the artist exhibited at the Prima and Seconda mostra del Novecento italiano (1926 and 1929). In the following years Tosi showed his work in numerous international venues: Brighton (1926); Zurich, Amsterdam and Geneva (1927); Berlin and Paris (1929); Basel, Buenos Aires and Bern (1930); Stockholm, Baltimore and Munich (1931); Stuttgart, Kassel, Cologne, Berlin, Dresden and Vienna (1933).
In 1931 Tosi was awarded the prize of the Fondazione Crespi at the Quadriennale, Rome, and the Grand Prix, Paris. In 1937 he exhibited at the Exposition internationale des arts et techniques dans la vie moderne, Paris. In 1942 he received the Mussolini prize for painting. Tosi became a member of the Accademia di San Luca in 1943. In 1944 a fire destroyed his studio and damaged many of his works. In 1951 he had a retrospective in Milan and received a Gold Medal from the Municipality. He exhibited at the Quadriennale, Rome, in 1951, and again in 1955. Tosi died in Milan, Italy, on January 3, 1956. The 1956 Venice Biennale held a posthumous retrospective of his work.

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