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Luigi Gioli was Francesco Gioli's younger brother, and or a long time, was considered as being
mediocre by comparison. However, he is today acknowledged as being a cultured and
coherent artist, even though he came to art rather late in life after
studying law. He had no formal art training.
He lived with his brother and was influenced by him stylistically in
his early landscape studies. He took part in lively art debates with
friends and colleagues and was interested in the painting of the
Macchiaioli, in particular in Fattori, as is reflected in his preference
for military scenes and views of the Maremma.
In 1889 he took part in the Paris Universal Exhibition with Ritorno
dal pascolo (Return from the Meadows) and also in 1889, in Paris, was
awarded a prize for Scene di Maremma (Views of the Maremma). From that
time on he regularly took part in the most important Italian
exhibitions and, in particular, in those of the "Società di Belle Arti
In 1894 he sent Nei prati (In the Meadows) and Fiera di
vacche (The Cattle Show) to Milan; in 1895 he exhibited Novembre at
the First Venice Biennial.
The success of Gioli’s prolific output has made him a point of
reference for two successive generations of Post-Macchiaioli artists, who
often reduce his incisive figures to a banal stereotype.
Galleria d'Arte Bacci di Capaci, Luca
Written by: Gioela Massagli - Translated by: Catherine Biggerstaff