Fondation Beyeler Exhibition Shows Giovanni Segantini as a Pathfinder of Modernism


BASEL, SWITZERLAND.- Giovanni Segantini (1858-1899) is known as an outstanding painter of the Alps and the lives of farmers and their animals there. Born in Arco on Lake Garda and destined to remain stateless throughout his life, the artist was relentlessly driven higher and higher into the mountains. An unusual life led him from Milan and the Brianza region to Switzerland, from Savognin to Maloja in Engadine. His artistic activity was guided by reverence for the Alpine realm and nature: “Art is love clothed in beauty,” was his motto. The Fondation Beyeler exhibition shows Segantini to have been a pathfinder of modernism. In proximity with works from the collection by van Gogh, Cézanne and Monet, his art can be viewed through twenty-first century eyes and our visual experiences of modern art, and his position in finde-siècle painting can be reconsidered. Celebrated as a prince of painting during his lifetime