Artist Casessi Gabrielo Bartolomeo

Country: Russian Federation
City: Saint-Petersburg

From the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century, a study period in Italy formed part of the artistic training of many Russian painters, including F. Matveev, S. Shchedrin, O. Kiprensky and K.Bryullov, to name but a few. The obverse of this artistic voyage was for an Italian artist to travel to Russia to study and be instructed: a far more infrequent occurrence, but a path travelled by the artist of the present lot, Gabriel Bartholomew Casessi.

Born in southern Italy in 1840, Casessi studied as an artist in Florence and Rome from 1860-1870. Meeting Aivazovsky at an exhibition of the artist in Rome, 1874, was to be a pivotal moment in the life of the young Italian artist as he acquainted himself with the great marine painter's oeuvre while Aivazovsky continued to exhibit that year in Europe. In 1878, at the invitation of Aivazovsky, Casessi went to Feodosia to further his knowledge of the art of marine painting under the tutelage of his famous mentor. From this time, Casessi's marine paintings were influenced heavily by Aivazovsky's style and technique, as apparent in the present lot.

In 1880, Aivazovsky invited his students and friends to exhibit their works alongside him in his exhibition space; among the artists showing his work with that of Casessi was L.F. Lagorio, another Italian who studied painting in Russia. Returning to Italy in 1884, Casessi continued to paint but focused on landscapes and still lifes. He died in 1900, the same year as Aivazovsky.

Work list
Painting (Picture) : still life
1870 y. / 35x60 cm
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