Nittis, Giuseppe de

BORN 25 Feb 1846, Barletta, Apulia - DIED 21 Aug 1884, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 11, Chemin Denon, ligne 2 (M: Y22))

Giuseppe de Nittis came from a wealthy family that lived in the best part of Barletta, not far from where the painter Geremia Discanno was born. His father was a landowner and Giuseppe was able to study with the painter Giovanni Battista Calò. But Caló landed in prison for two years because of his support for a unified Italy. Giuseppe was admitted to the Reale Instituto di Belle Arti in Naples. But he spoke his mind to freely and was expelled for subordination in 1863. In 1864 he exhibited two paintings in Naples and also exhibited in Florence. Both he and Discanno exhibited in Turin in 1867 and De Nittis was able to sell his works there.

In 1867 he went to Paris where he was contracted by the art dealer Adolphe Goupil, who sold his genre pieces. In 1869 he married the Parisian writer Léontine Lucile Gruvelle (1843-1913). He exhibited at the Salon before he returned to Italy where he painted views of the Vesuvius. In 1872 he went to Paris again and his painting "Che freddo!" (1874) as a success at the Salon. Edgar Degas invited hom to join the first impressionist exhibition. But not all of the impressionist painters accepted him and he didn't participate in their further exhibtions.

1875 he started painting pastels. At his home he received artists and writers and he painted pastel portraits of Zola, Manet and Duranty. He was exhibited a gold medal for paitings that he exbitited at the Exposition Universelle in 1878. In 1878 he also received the Légion d'honneur. He died unexpectedly of a stroke in 1884 at Saint-Germain-en-Laye. His widow bequeathed his paintings to his birthtown Barletta in 1913.

• Wife: Nittis, Léontine de (1869-1884)

Related persons
• was a friend of Degas, Edgar
• was a friend of Manet, Édouard
• painted Manet, Édouard


The grave of Giuseppe de Nittis at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (24 Oct 2014)


"Il bow window".
   (1883, Venezia: Musei Civici)

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Nittis, Léontine de

Published: 23 Nov 2023
Last update: 23 Nov 2023