Aroldo Bonzagni

~ 1887 - 1918

Aroldo Bonzagni was an Italian painter and draughtsman.
His numerous drawings were influenced by the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean-Louis Forain and Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, and above all by the style of the Munich and Vienna Secessions, known in Italy through the Venice Biennales of the early 1900s.
From 1910 to 1911 he devoted himself to the decoration of a villa in San Donnino of Nizzola, near Modena. In 1912 he exhibited in Milan in the exhibition of painting and sculpture, then he exhibited at the Venice Biennale.

In 1913 he exhibited in Bergamo in the national exhibition of caricature. In 1914 he moved to Buenos Aires, exhibiting his paintings and working as a caricaturist for the magazine ‘El Zorro’.
He was back in Milan in 1915 and exhibited in Milan during that year. In recent years his art has increasingly turned to the world of the poor and the destitute. During World War he is also dedicated to patriotic support illustrations.

Bonzagni died in 1918 after catching the so-called ‘Spanish flu’ while he was preparing a large exhibition for the Pesaro Gallery in Milan.

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