Antique Oil Painting By Eugenio Zampighi Titled News From The Front 1885

Antique Oil Painting By Eugenio Zampighi Titled News From The Front 1885


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This is a beautiful oil on canvas painting titled 'News from the front' by the renowned Italian artist Eugenio Zampighi (1836-1890) and is signed on lower left and verso.

This genteel genre painting captures a striking view of a scene from everyday life. It is a joyous and idyllic image of Italian rural life with people in peasant costume.

The color is deep and features low lightness and strong saturation.

Housed in it's original and beautiful gilt gallery frame.

Several examples of his work have sold at top auction houses:

Christies 19th Century European Art, 1 November 2012, New York
Eugenio Zampighi (Italian, 1859-1944) Storytime
Price realised USD 47,500 Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000

Chicago auction house Direct Auction Galleries reached a final hammer price of USD 57,500

Eugenio Eduardo Zampighi Auctioned at Dorotheum, Vienna:

Auction 07/10/2009 Grandmother narrates Price realised USD 65,000

Auction 12/10/2010 Idyllic Family Scene with new born: Price realised USD 108,500

Auction 16/10/2012 Amusing stories: Price realised USD 101,500

Auction 19/10/2017 Happy family: Price realised USD 41,500


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 84 x Width 104 x Depth 5 - Frame

Height 60 x Width 80 - Canvas

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 9 inches x Width 3 feet, 5 inches x Depth 2 inches - Frame

Height 2 feet x Width 2 feet, 7 inches - Canvas

He enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Modena under Antonio Simonazzi. At a very young age and from his early history paintings on he was influenced by the verist Modenese painter Giovanni Muzzioli. After winning the Poletti Prize for painting in 1880, with his entry, A Retiarius (net-man) gladiator wounded in a Flavian Amphitheater, he had the opportunity of continuing his studies first in Rome and later in Florence where he settled permanently in 1884. During the 1880s, he began to produce a repertoire of genre scenes, which had an extraordinary success on the art market and brought him international commissions. He was influenced by the style of Gaetano Chierici, and by the Florentine Macchiaioli School. He worked mostly in the latter cities late in life.

His intense work as a photographer was for the most part geared to his painting and took place mainly in his studio with the aid of models in peasant costume or the dress of the common people. After taking these photographs the artist used them to create a joyous and idyllic image of Italian rural life, devoid of any hint of social criticism, which was so greatly appreciated by foreign tourists that this led him to produce a series of the same retardataire stereotypes right into the early decades of the 20th century.


W104.0 x H84.0 x D5.0 cm



Date of manufacture



19th Century




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