Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo

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Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo
Giuseppe Pellizza.jpg
Born(1868-07-28)July 28, 1868
DiedJune 14, 1907(1907-06-14) (aged 38)
EducationAcademy of Brera, Academy of Fine Arts of Florence
Known forPainting
Notable work
  • Il quarto stato (1898-1901)
  • Lo specchio della vita (E ciò che l’una fa e l’altre fanno) (1895-1898)[1]
  • Idillio primaverile (1896-1901)[2]
MovementDivisionism, Symbolism, Realism
Spouse(s)Teresa Bidone

Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo (28 July 1868 – 14 June 1907) was an Italian divisionist painter. He was born and died in Volpedo, in the Piedmont region of northern Italy.

Pellizza was a pupil of Pio Sanquirico. He used a divisionist technique in which a painting is created by juxtaposing small dots of paint according to specific color theory.



The Fourth Estate[edit]

Il Quarto Stato, Museo del Novecento, Milan (1898-1901)

His most famous work, The Fourth Estate ("Il Quarto Stato") (1901), has become a well-known symbol for progressive and socialist causes in Italy, and throughout Europe. The painting is shown during the opening credits of Bernardo Bertolucci's film 1900 and is currently housed at the Museo del Novecento in Milan.[3] An earlier version is held in the Pinacoteca di Brera.

Pellizza hanged himself in 1907, after the deaths of his wife and son.[4]



  1. ^ "Capolavori dei Musei di Torino - Lo specchio della vita di Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo". ArTo Blog (in Italian). Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Idillio primaverile". Pellizza da Volpedo (in Italian). Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Il Quarto Stato - In Collezione". Museo del Novecento (in Italian). Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. ^ About Art History - Artists Who Committed Suicide