Biography of Giovanni Marchini

Giovanni Marchini Forlì 1877- 1946.
He was born into a family of humble conditions who emigrated to Buenos Aires; there the young man began his training at the shop of a decorator.
Back in Italy in 1896, the young man was enrolled at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Florence where he had as a teacher, among others, Giovanni Fattori, with whom he established a lasting relationship until 1907, a relationship intended to permanently influence his artistic language.
After the Florentine period followed a one-year stay in Venice (Free School of the Nude), in Rome (Academy of Fine Arts) and in Naples (1904 where he got to know the school of Posillipo).
During his stay in Rome his painting was enriched with symbolist and divisionist notes conjugated to a passionate realistic study of the life of the humble, of rural life and in particular of that of grazing animals.
A few months later he finally returned to Forlì and continued to devote himself to painting, favoring a figurative repertoire inspired by the landscape and social themes with veristic and symbolist influences.
Starting from 1910 he worked as a painter alongside that of decorator in Romagna and beyond.
During the First World War the Marchini left voluntary, destined in Cadore where he fixed the images of that war period in small oil paintings and drawings.
After returning to Forlì in 1918, he resumed his activity as a easel and decorator painter.
In 1920 he founded in Forlì the artistic cenacle that until 1928, when he broke up, constituted an important center for the aggregation of local artists, was a place for discussion and work, as well as an exhibition venue.
Many of his works were presented in important national exhibitions such as the Milan Permanent of 1922 and the Roman Biennale of 1925.
A very versatile artist, he occasionally devoted himself to woodcut and especially to plastic production, as documented by two works preserved in the civic Pinacoteca of Forli: terracotta "Survivors" inspired by the tragedy of the Messina earthquake of 1908, and a bust portraying Giordano Bruno (1906-07 ).
Radically and faithfully anchored to a concept of painting as an instrument of truth and humanistic participation in life, Marchini has always kept away from movements and tendencies.