Giuseppe Magni was an Italian painter, born in Pistoia in April 1869. Little is known about the artist’s early life but he was a pupil of Professor Ciseri at the Florence Academy of Fine Art.
Magni’s main interest was in painting genre subjects and interior scenes which were in great demand in Italy and throughout Europe in the latter part of the 19th century. The theme of the peasant as being of picturesque charm was highly saleable and it reinforced the idyllic view of the countryside that the newly rich merchants, forced to spend their working life in urban surroundings in cities such as Florence and Naples, dearly wanted to buy.
Magni, along with his contemporaries Giovanni Torriglia and Eugenio Zampighi, painted peasant scenes modelled on real life. He used a naturalistic technique to create a warm and sympathetic view of the wholesomeness of peasant family life. His palette was rich in colour and his figures were very well drawn. He often incorporated children into his subject matter as this was also a highly popular theme.
Magni’s appeal is clear for all to see, with his natural compositions and unlimited ability with his palette, we are left captivated with his charming and hugely appealing canvases.
Magni sold many paintings during his career which was mostly spent in Florence. In 1900 he took part in the Alinori painting competition there with a work entitled ‘Ave Maria’.
The artist died in Florence in 1956.