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Giulio del Torre, Italian 1856-1932
A native of the village of Romans d’Isanzo, a picturesque little village near Trieste, Giulio del Torre became a student of the Academy of Vienna under Karl von Blaas. This instructor was a versatile artist; initially painting religious art, von Blaas later did portraits, genre and mythological scenes. Del Torre also spent several years at the Acdemy in Rome and later in Venice.
Eventually the fascination of his native city, and the area amid which it was situated, called him to return home. There, del Torre sought to express the character of his birthplace. Although he was an excellent portrait painter, the artist became known for his popular folkloric scenes of the common people of the Friuli district, a part of the north-eastern tip of Italy.
He usually painted children, often against a plaster wall, in various attitudes of work or play. He sometimes employed the trick of having the prettiest child gazing directly at the spectator in order to elicit the strongest emotional response.
Biography excerpted from the unpublished catalog by Edward P. Bentley for the Haussner Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, titled: Haussner’s, The Children.