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Achille Tominetti  ( Milano 1848 - Miazzina 1916 )

Achille Tominetti was born in Milan in 1848; his parents, who earned their living by selling milk, were from Miazzina, a small village high above Lake Maggiore.
He studied at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, enrolling in 1866 in the academy’s Landscape School, under the guidance of Luigi Riccardi. During the three years of the course he became friendly with the painter Eugenio Gignous, with whom he also formed an artistic bond.
Economic necessity compelled him to return in 1872 to his family in Miazzina, where he worked as a farmer. Nonetheless he continued to paint landscapes, sending his paintings regularly to exhibitions in Milan, Turin and Genoa, as an exponent of the school of Lombard naturalism.
When the Troubetzkoy family invited him to give painting lessons to their son Pietro in their villa in Ghiffa, Tominetti was able to widen his acquaintance with aristocratic and upper middle-class patrons of art.
He also formed a fruitful artistic bond with Vittore Grubicy De Dragon, who inspired him to experiment in the 90s with a crepuscular divisionism which included some hints of symbolism.
The painter died at his home in Miazzina in 1916.