Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo – Artwork and Bio of the Italian Painter


Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo was an Italian painter who employed the divisionist technique in his paintings.  Giuseppe was born on the 28th of July, 1868,  in Volpedo, Italy (a city in the Alessandria province in northern Italy).

Giuseppe Pelliza first studied at the technical school of Castelnuovo Scrivia, learning the first elements of drawing. Giuseppe was then enrolled in the Brera Academy. Giuseppe would then go on to pursue formative apprenticeship at the Accademia di San Luca, the French Academy, the Accademia di Belle Arti, the Accademia di Carrara, and the Accademia Ligustica di Belle Arti.

Guiseppe Pelliza died on the 14th of June, 1907.  He was thrown into a depression after the death of his wife and son, and died by suicide in his studio.

When did Giuseppe Pelliza start painting?

Giuseppe started attending drawing classes in 1884 before studying painting between 1886 and 1887 as a student of Giuseppe Puricelli and Pio Sanquirico. Giuseppe participated in the Esposizione Generale Italiana in 1898 in Turin, where his painting style gained recognition. Giuseppe Pelliza’s most famous work is the Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth Estate), a symbol for socialist causes in Italy. The painting is housed at the Museo del Novecento in Milan

What does Giuseppe Pelliza paint about?

Giuseppe’s paints portrait and landscape paintings, some of which address social and political issues in Italy. One prominent example is his large-scale painting “The Fourth Estate”, which shows workers that were assembling to embark on a strike. Some of his other paintings featured portraits of people, including his father, and landscape paintings that portray the day-to-day activities in his surroundings.

Who inspired Giuseppe Pelliza?

Giuseppe Pellizza was a student of many painters who inspired him to create outstanding works. Some of these painters were Giuseppe Puricelli, Pio Sanquirico, Cesare Tallone, and Giovanni Segantini.

What art movement is Giuseppe Pelliza associated with?

Giuseppe is famously associated with Divisionism. Additionally, Guiseppe’s works can also be associated with Socialist Realism and Neo-Impressionism.

Giuseppe Pellizza Artwork

Some of Giuseppe Pellizza’s paintings can be found below:

Winter Landscape with Skaters and a Bird Trap
The Census at Bethlehem
View of the Port of Naples
Tower of Babel
The Triumph of Death
The Road to Calvary

The Parable of the Sower
The Fourth State
The Blue Cloak
Statue at the Villa Borghese 906
Speranze Deluse
Portrait of Young Woman (Portrait of Palmina
Portrait of Santina Negri
Portrait of My Father
Peasant Wedding
Peasant Fair
Peasant Dance
Passeggiata Amorosa
Panni al Sole 1894
Mirror of life
Title Unknown
Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, detail
Land of Cockaigne, 1567
L’amore Nella Vita
La procession
La piazza di Volpedo
Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo’s “Drowned Man
Girotondo, o idillio della vita
Discussione in Canonica
Census Bethlehem_detail_
April on Meadow of Volpedo