Oil on paper representing a snow landscape around a frozen river. A character back in the foreground, three others on the bridge in the 3rd plane. Signature on the lower right "De Nittis" Giuseppe De Nittis (1846-1884) Italian Impressionist, contemprain Boldini, friend of Caillebotte, Degas and Manet. In 1867 he was in Paris where he met Meissonier and Gérome. He is at the peak of his career at the US in 1878, where he exhibits 11 paintings. Museums: Paris (Carnavalet, Louvre, Orsay), Barletta (Pinacoteca De Nittis) works to bring closer: "effect of snow", 1880, Barletta.
85x64 with frame many folds in the sky
Trained in Naples, the Italian-born painter Giuseppe de Nittis settled in Paris in 1868. There he befriended many of the Impressionist artists, particularly Edgar Degas.
Five of De Nittis' paintings were included in the First Impressionist Exhibition of 1874. He was committed to a naturalistic art that explored the changing play of light. He frequently painted snow scenes, showing solitary figures in wintry streets or parks. He also specialised in depictions of the newly constructed areas of Paris and its suburbs. Under the influence of Japanese prints, he often left large open areas in his pictures, relegating buildings to the edges.