Brianza is located in the north of Italy along the border of Switzerland. It is thought that this work was created during the period when Segantini moved from Milan in 1881 to a town on the shores of Lake Como. Three farm wives and an infant in a stroller listen to two men playing the bagpipes as a hen with several chicks walk by on the earthen ground and a cow eats its fodder in the back right of the composition. The artist was particularly familiar with and frequently depicted the scenes of daily life and nature in the Alpine areas of the Tyrol. Here we can see his realist methods and the detailed brushwork of his later years which reveal an absence of an Impressionist use of light. The scholar researching Segantini, A.-P. Quinsac dates the production of this painting to the period 1883-1885. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no. 98)


  • Title: Bagpipers of Brianza
  • Date Created: c. 1883-85
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed lower right: G. Segantini
  • Provenance: Felice Grondona, Milano; Kojiro Matsukata; Private collection, Kobe.
  • Physical Dimensions: w1922 x h1072 mm
  • Painter: Giovanni Segantini
  • Object title (Japanese): 風笛を吹くブリアンツァの男たち
  • Object notes (Japanese): ブリアンツァはスイス国境に近い北イタリアの地方である。セガンティーニは1881年にミラノからコモ湖畔の町に移り住んでいるので、この頃に制作されたものと考えられる。歩行器に入れられた乳呑児を前にして三人の農婦たちが男たちの吹くバグパイプにそれぞれ楽しげに耳を傾け、土間にはたくさんの雛を従えた雌鶏が歩き、右奥の隅では牡牛が餌を食んでいる。ティロルなどアルプス山間地方の自然と住民の日常生活はセガンティーニに最も親しい主題で、たびたび採り上げられているが、ここではまだ写実主義の手法が顕著で、後年の細かな筆触による印象派風の光の表現は見られない。セガンティーニの研究者クインザックは制作年を1883-85年と限定している。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 98)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): セガンティーニ、ジョヴァンニ
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Ex-Matsukata Collection, http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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