Curated by: Francesco Morena
Artist, anthropologist, explorer, adventurer, writer, photographer, journalist and inventor: Arnold Henry Savage Landor (1865-1924) is an extremely interesting multifaceted figure, who enjoyed great success in life and who, for reasons that are not entirely clear, she fell totally into oblivion after her death.
Savage Landor was born in Florence to an English father and an Italian mother. He lived his adolescence in a cultured environment, where literature and art were daily passions. Among his masters was Stefano Ussi (1822-1901), who sensed the young man's abilities and suggested that the family let him devote himself to painting.
Early on to discover the world, the young Henry first visited some countries of North Africa and America, to then move to Asia: Japan, Korea, China, where he painted hundreds of works from life in an impressionistic style. -macchiolo 'of rapid execution.
The documentary uniqueness of his creations is evident: in a period in which people already relied on the immediacy of photography, Savage Landor persisted for a long time in painting en-plein-air, however clearly distancing himself from imaginative visions and style. meticulously classic of Orientalist genre painting to immerse oneself instead in the real Asian world, restoring its various aspects with the expressive traits of modernity.