Vittorio Reggianini – Bashful Model

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Vittorio Reggianini
Italian (1858 – 1938)
‘Bashful Model’

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Framed: 27.5 x 22 Inches framed
Unframed: 20 x 14 Inches unframed

Private collection, United Kingdom

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Vittorio Reggianini was born at Modene in 1858. Reggianini trained at the local art academy studying at l’Academie de Modene, he was in attendance alongside artists such as Gaetano Bellei and Eugenio Zamphighi. They were taught by their professor A. Simonazzi and G. Cappell. Reggianini left an imprint at this school and even later grossed to the level of professor. Reggianini was beginning to be seen as a recognisable artist locally and even won the second Poletti prize with Sassolo de ‘Sassoli in 1884. 

In 1885, he moved to Florence to pursue even more within the art world, the busy city being the perfect location. During this period Reggianini was able to establish a reputation for himself on the art front within the international art market, this all being possible because of the backing from his dealer Pisani. The lifestyle in Florence influenced his choice of subject matter drastically. Dramatically shifted, his style evolved from the local historical realism from his studies to more luxurious affairs. Tasteful interiors full of fanciful decor, these paintings depicted the luxuriant lifestyles and opulence of the 18th Century. 

This development in his work changed what he was seen for. These elegant scenes of the bourgeois life are what come to mind when thinking of Reggianini’s footprint. 

During his time in Florence, Reggianini entered the Alinari competition In 1900 where he exhibited the painting “Tristis Mater nati presagna finis” at Alinari. Reggianini also exhibited with the Florentine Art Association in 1907/8 and again at the 1910/11 exhibition. 

Reggianini subject matter focused on European middle classes, especially exploring relationships between people whether that be a group of girls giggling or a gentleman trying to court a lady. Reggianini was infatuated by fabric, the richness of texture in the ladies’ dresses, the upholstery and draperies. You will find his interiors have hints of fabric spotted around them such as curtains or fabric laying over a chair however these guest starring pieces are incomparable to the detail and extravagancy of the lady’s costumes. 

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