Sigismund Righini

Germany / Switzerland / 1870 - 1937 / wikipedia
Carlo Pietro Sigismund Righini (born Jan. 4, 1870 in Stuttgart, died Oct. 24, 1937 in Zurich); Swiss painter and art politician.
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Son of the Tessin decorative painter Francesco Righini, who settled in Zurich in 1877. As soon as the impetuous young Sigismund Righini passed his Matura, he went to Paris to train as an artist at the Académie Colarossi. 1890-91 study visits in northern Italy.
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The Zurich painter and art politician Sigismund Righini (1870-1937), a contemporary of Cuno Amiet (1868-1961), Hans Emmenegger (1866-1940) and Giovanni Giacometti (1868-1933), provides a pictorial work, which in the academic tradition has started and developed along the figurative avant-garde in France and Switzerland provides stunning coloration. “C’est de couleur et du luminosité que je me préoccupe avant tout sans pourtant négliger la forme; c’est la direction de mon talent, donc pas chose voulue “wrote Righini 1912. With its emphasis on Flächen¬charakters the image and increasing the colors to the Flash, he is one of the great colorists of Switzerland.

Sigismund Righini is with his vividly colored paintings regarded as a pioneer of new Swiss Modernism after 1900. His son-in-law, Willy Fries, acquired renown as a portrait painter and was noted for his slightly ironic society genre scenes. His grand-daughter, Hanny Fries in turn became famous for her theatre drawings and her pictorial passion for public spaces like waiting rooms, cafés or parks.
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