The Portrait Society | Ludovico Tommasi

01/10/1997 | 20th centuryCharcoal and acrylic on canvas50 x 40 cm

Ludovico Tommasi was an Italian painter and engraver of the 19th century. He grew up first in Livorno, later in Bellariva in Tuscany, where his parents' villa became a meeting place for artists and intellectuals. The group of artists known as the Macchiaioli, for instance, devoted themselves to paint there in the open air. Silvestro Lega, a member of this group, trained Ludovico and his brother. Although Ludovico Tommasi never received any academic education, he made his debut at the annual exhibition of the Società di Belle Arti in Florence in 1884 with an open-air study. Tommasi completed his military service in Milan from 1888 to 1891. During this time, he turned to naturalistic symbolism, which he implemented mainly in landscape painting. At the beginning of the 20th century, he joined the Giovane Etruria group, which aimed to renew Tuscan painting. In 1912, he co-founded a school of etching in Florence. Until the end of his life, Tommasi painted mainly landscapes, genre scenes and interiors. Nowadays, most of his works reside in the collections of the Livorno and Florence Savings Bank Foundations. From time to time, paintings by him appear on the art market.


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