Having received his early training in Palermo with his father Luigi, a history painter, and Salvatore Lo Forte, Francesco Lojacono won a gold medal for a small canvas exhibited at una Mostra in Palermo, and this gained him a stipend to move in 1856 to Naples, where attended the school of Nicola Palizzi. With the outbreak of revolution in 1860, he returned to Sicily, he served in Garibaldi’s expedition of one thousand volunteers in 1860 and participated in the march towards Rome in 1862, when he was taken prisoner on the Aspromonte. Once free, he devoted his energies to painting intensely lyrical landscapes drawing inspiration in particular from the area around Agrigento and later the coast near Palermo.
He obtained the post of professor of landscape at the Naples Institute of Fine Arts in 1872 and taught the courses of landscape and seascape painting at the Palermo Academy of Fine Arts from 1896 to 1914. He took part in the international exhibitions held in Vienna (1872) and Paris (1878) and presented work with unquestionable success at the major national events, including the Palermo exhibition of 1891–92. He was named Commendatore of the Order of the Crown of Italy.
Among his works are: Giorno di caldo; I pescatori d'ostriche (considered one of his masterworks); Una villa ai Colli; Dopo la pioggia; L'arrivo inatteso; Il riposo di maggio; Un giorno di caldo in Sicilia; L'ottobre; After il tramonto; La Conca d'oro; San Giovanni degli Eremiti; Presso Posillipo; Presso il Vesuvio; Le rovine del tempio di Castore e Polluce; Gli ultimi Saraceni; and La pesca dei vongoli.
- Laura Casone, Francesco Lojacono, online catalogue Artgate by Fondazione Cariplo, 2010, CC BY-SA (source for the first revision of this article).
- Gubernatis cites Nicola, Casone cites Filippo Palizzi
- Dizionario degli Artisti Italiani Viventi: pittori, scultori, e Architetti, by Angelo de Gubernatis. Tipe dei Successori Le Monnier, 1889, Page 264.
- Laura Casone.
- A. de Gubernatis.
- A. de Gubernatis.
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