Achille Peretti (artist)

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Achille Peretti

Achille Peretti (Alessandria 1857 – New Orleans 1923) was an Italian painter, sculptor and anarchist.


During the 1870s, Peretti studied art in Milan at the Brera Academy under the direction of Giuseppe Bertini, Raffaele Casnedi, Luigi Riccardi, Luigi Bisi, and Antonio Caimi. In these years he gained a number of prizes; finally in the 1878 he obtained the "Menzione d'onore" in painting.

He became a member of the Alessandria local section of the First International, and was described by the police as a "fanatic internationalist" that wanted to overthrow the society in order to try benefits from the riots.[1]

Achille emigrated to the United States following the repression in Italy of the First International and after having traveled through the Gulf Coast and Chicago decided to stay in New Orleans. He became a citizen in 1890 and from 1903 until his death lived at the 632 St Peter Street in the French Quarter. In the same house lived some years later the American playwright Tennessee Williams.

Selected works[edit]

  • Portrait of Hector Berlioz
  • Portrait of an Elderly Lady
  • The stampede, 1900
  • Tree lined street
  • Rooster and Chickens in the Barn
  • Irish Channel Woman


  1. ^ Alessandria State Archive, Prefecture, I versamento, n°66, Associazioni Internazionaliste 1881, Elenco affiliati alla sezione internazionalista di Alessandria 06.11.1881


  • Atti della Reale Accademia di belle arti di Milano, Vari, Milano, 1860-1894.
  • Isaac Monroe Cline, Contemporary art and artists in New Orleans, 1924
  • Federal Writers' Project, Louisiana: A Guide to the State, US History Publishers
  • John Mahe, Encyclopedia of New Orleans Artists 1718-1918, Historic New Orleans, New Orleans, 1987
  • Henry Rightor, Standard History of New Orleans, Louisiana, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1900