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Emanuele Brugnoli was born in Bologna 2 September 1859 and died in Venice 22 Mar 1944. He was the son of Gaetano (Brugnoli) and Carolina Villani.
He was a watercolorist and etcher, almost exclusively of scenes of Venice. He studied at the Accademia in Bologna under the landscape artist Valentino Solmi (1825-77). In 1880, he moved to Venice, which became his home for the rest of his life. In 1886, he exhibited a watercolor Il Bacino di San Marco in Florence.
In 1912, took up a teaching position (etching) at the Accadamia in Venice, a position he still held in 1932. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale over many years. He was prolific with both watercolours and etchings. In 1901 he exhibited an etching; in 1903, three watercolors (Canale di San Giovanni, Canale della Madonetta, and Canale di Miracoli); in 1905, a watercolor (Silenze Veneziani); in 1920 both etchings (Campo San Giacomo del Orio), and watercolors (Campo della Salute); and in 1934 an etching (Ponte dei ire archi).
At some point he published a collection of his etchings. As described at a Sotheby's auction in Milan in 2003, the offered work by Brugnoli included a folder of 25 etchings of Venice numbered 1 to 25, the largest being approximately 18x12 inches. Also Brugnoli was a book illustrator (1).
A portrait of Brugnoli is known; a pastel on card by Lino Rosso, which is evidently held by the Museo Civico in Venice.
There is some evidence of an artistic relationship between Brugnoli and the American artist/etcher James McNeill Whistler, but more needs to be developed to establish the existence of that relationship.
In 2011, works of Brugnoli and his friend, Fabio Mauroner, were the subject of an exhibition, "The Heirs of Canaletto", held at the Italian embassy in Washington.
Submitted by Neil Gaffney
1) Examples include: Venezia con 170 fotografia e 10 acquarelli originale del Prof. E Brugnoli; Institutro geografico da Agostini; Novara, 1927; and Venezia, Henry Perl (adapted from the German) with illustrations by E. Tito, T. Grubhofer, L. Cima, M. Pagani, C. Laurenti, E. Lancerotto, G. Berti, E. Brugnoli, M. Bortoluzzi; Scribners, New York, 1894.
Sources: Venezia Biennale Volumes 4, 5, 6, 12, and 19
Dizionario degli Italiani d'oggi, Formaggini, 1940
Museo d'Arte italiana in Lima; Maria Quesado; Museo d'Arte, Lima, Peru (1994)
La Rassegna internazionale della litterature contemporaneo;
Quinteri ed., Libreria Fratelli Bocca, Firenze, 1901
Dizionario degli artisti italiani viventi, Gubernatis, Firenze, 1889
Il Premio Bergamo, 1939-42; Lorandi et al, (1993-94)
Sotheby's Milano, Libri, Stampi e Disegni, Lot 117, auction of May 12/13, 2003
-It is likely that the definitive biography of Brugnoli is Emmanuele Brugnoli, "impressionista veneziano" by Carlo Pompiano, a catalog produced in conjuction with the Nov. 29, 1998 - Jan. 15, 1999 exhibition of the works of Brugnoli held at the exposition centrer in Treviso.
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