Born near Genoa, Italy on Jan. 2, 1858, Giuseppe Cadenasso, at age nine, sailed from Genoa to northern California where his uncle owned a vineyard. As a young man he moved to San Francisco where he worked as a barber, waiter, and sang Italian opera at the Tivoli Opera House.
His raw talents as an artist were discovered by Jules Tavernier who took him to the studio of Joseph Harrington who gave him free art lessons. He later earned enough money for further study under Arthur Mathews at the Mark Hopkins Institute.
His studio-home on Russian Hill at 17 Macondray Lane was called "The Sign of the Eucalyptus." He later moved across the bay where he headed the art department at Mills College from 1902.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Art in California
(R. L. Bernier, 1916); California Art Research,
20 volumes; California's Magazine, pp. 273-76; Impressions Quarterly, (Paul Elder Co., Dec. 1924); Plein Air Painters
(Ruth Westphal); Death record; American Art Annual
1918 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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