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Oscar Ghiglia

Oscar Ghiglia (1876-1945) was born in Livorno and after the death of his father stayed with her mother and two brothers in difficult economic conditions. He began working as a child at a foundry, but health problems forced him to abandon. He began to draw with pencils that sold the same through his work as a peddler. At the end of the nineties experienced Llewelyn Lloyd, by which he attended from time to time study Guglielmo Micheli, where he met Amedeo Modigliani.
O. Ghiglia Natura mortaIn 1900 Florence, Giovanni Fattori encouraged him so did his unique art craft, enrolled in the School of Nude. Remains strong, despite the distance, also friendship with Modigliani. In 1901 debuted at the International Exhibition of Venice, replicating the experience in 1903. Exposed, in 1904, Secession of the Palazzo Corsini, where his portraits found favor with audiences and critics, faces is affected by the charm of that from his technical.
He exhibited again in 1907 discussed at the hall of the secessionists of Florence and at the Biennial of Art in Faenza in Romagna 1908. There followed a period of interruption of his exhibitions, which resumed around the Twenties.O. Ghiglia Donna allo specchio
Despite the temporary abandonment, He continued to do portraits on commission and pay particular attention to interiors and still lifes. Also turned, his studies towards the search volume of Cezanne, from which, however did not affect too. His still lifes, vessels, represent a solid, stable, Together with a strong color, almost glazed, but it does not lead the object abstraction, but absolutizes.
Removal from the channels of official, was accompanied by episodic activity in the field of graphic art.
In 1926 participated in the First Show of the Italian Novecento, Margherita Sarfatti organized by the Permanent, bound, as others in the group of Postmacchiaioli, accurate analysis of reality, which leads to the interpretation of objects such as colors and volumes.
The Pesaro Gallery hosted its first major exhibition in 1929. He died in Florence in 1945.

The basis of artistic production, especially portraits, extraordinary, was his classic study of fifteenth-and sixteenth-century. But he was able to modulate the great masters of the past through a personal language and recognizable. The figures of Oscar Ghiglia, whether a person or still lifes are built entirely with color, is the same color, still alive and running, to delimit boundaries and volumes. Certainly significant for the artist was also a report of the work of Cezanne, he appreciated, that will lead him to prefer geometric shapes and sharp focus. Also evident in his interest to the European Secession, especially towards the symbolic and neo-sixteenth century, in line with its training.

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