Dictionary of Artists


To meet the requirement of scholars, art dealers, collectors or simple amateurs of having a quick and effective tool at their disposal to satisfy the various exigencies connected with the world of art, first of all the in-depth analysis of the work of painters, sculptors, engravers, photographers, etc., the "Dictionary of artists" puts itself up as an annotated list of names, sometimes accompanied, if marked by an asterisk, by a biography and by some signature examples.

Each artist is matched with a series of index cards regarding the works registered in the Data Bank of the Matteucci Institute, which can be issued on request.

The biographies are taken from the Dizionario degli artisti edited by Cristina Bonagura, integral part of the work Pittori & pittura dell'Ottocento italiano (1996-1997), coordinated by Giuliano Matteucci with the cooperation of Paul Nicholls and realized by the Redazioni Grandi Opere of the "Istituto Geografico De Agostini", to whom the Matteucci Institute expresses its sincere thanks for authorizing the circulation of the texts on line.


Calame Alexandre *

Vevey (Svizzera) 1810 - Mentone (Francia) 1864
Dapprima allievo di F. Diday, soggiornò a Parigi, attratto dal paesaggismo idealizzante di T. Rousseau; tramite i viaggi in Olanda e in Italia approfondì la conoscenza della pittura di paesaggio del XVII secolo. Le sue opere, pervase da un vena di lirismo e caratterizzate da una resa malinconica e sublime della natura, riecheggiano talvolta la coeva cultura tedesca. Il suo romanticismo elegante e scenografico esercitò una significativa influenza su tanti paesaggisti italiani, specialmente piemontesi, che lo conobbero sia attraverso le opere sia frequentando il suo studio a Ginevra.
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