Grubicy De Dragon
15 Oct 1851 - Milano
4 Aug 1920)
Italian painter, dealer,
critic and collector of Hungarian origin.
Around 1870 he
frequented the circle of GLI SCAPIGLIATI and in 1870-71 visited
London. Grubicy's acquaintance with the art galleries there
inspired him to start his own gallery in Milan, specializing in
the Scapigliati artists, particularly Tranquillo Cremona and
later Daniele Ranzoni.
After Cremona's death in 1878, Grubicy extended his interest to
younger Lombard artists, primarily Giovanni Segantini (whose
Choir of S Antonio impressed him at the 1879 annual exhibition
at the Brera, Milan), Emilio Longoni (1859-1932) and later
Angelo Morbelli. Grubicy became Segantini's dealer and they were
in close collaboration from this time. Between 1882 and 1885
Grubicy was in the Low Countries and probably informed Segantini
of Millet and The Hague school. During his visit Grubicy also
began to draw (e.g. Housemaid Washing, 1884; Milan, Castello
Sforzesco) and to paint (e.g. The Hague: My First Work, 1884)
under the supervision of his friend Anton Mauve. On his return
to Milan Grubicy became art critic for the newspaper Riforma.Died
in Milan on 4 august 1920.