Pietro Fragiacomo

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Pietro Fragiacomo
(late 1900s)
Armonie verdi, 1920 ca. (Fondazione Cariplo)

Pietro Fragiacomo (14 August 1856 – 18 May 1922) was an Italian painter, depicting sea and land-scapes.


He was born in the mainly Italian town of Pirano d'Istria near Trieste, but lived most of his life in Venice. He only studied for a year (1877) at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice. He was a close companion, and often worked alongside the painter Giacomo Favretto.[1]

In 1887, he exhibited successfully at the Esposizione di Venezia; and in 1891, he displayed the paintings Pescatori, Silenzio, Sera, Laguna, Case di pescatori in Milan.[2] In 1889, he won a bronze medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris and took part in the Munich International Exhibition of the same year, as well as later editions.[3] In 1895, his canvas Tristezza (Sadness) won awards in Venice, and again the next year, this time in Berlin.[4]

He drew mainly seascapes and cityscapes of Venice, often at night, a thematic also pursued by Mario de Maria. By the turn of the century, his style had acquired Symbolist overtones devoid of a realistic locale. He won the Prince Umberto Prize at the Milan Triennale of 1891 and was a regular participant from 1895 to 1922 at the Venice Biennale, which displayed a solo show of his work in 1910 and a posthumous retrospective in 1924. He died in Venice.[5]


  1. ^ Laura Casone, Pietro Fragiacomo, online catalogue Artgate Archived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine by Fondazione Cariplo, 2010, CC BY-SA.
  2. ^ La Biennale di Venezia, Volume 2, by Esposizione biennale internazionale d'arte, Biennale di Venezia (1897), page 110.
  3. ^ Laura Casone,
  4. ^ Biennale of Venice biography
  5. ^ Laura Casone,

Further reading[edit]

  • Paolo Campopiano, Pietro Fragiacomo: poeta lagunare, Edizioni del Soncino, 1994
  • Brief biography from Dizionario Biografico @ Treccani

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