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PELLIZZA DA VOLPEDO, Giuseppe (1868-1901). The

PELLIZZA DA VOLPEDO, Giuseppe (1868-1901). The Fourth Estate. 1901. Central detail. Naturalism. Oil on canvas. ITALY. Milan. Pinacotheca of Brera

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This central detail from Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo's seminal work, "The Fourth Estate" (1901), showcases the Italian painter's mastery of naturalist techniques and his profound exploration of the social and political landscape of his time. Pellizza da Volpedo (1868-1901) was a leading figure in the Italian naturalist movement, which sought to portray the raw realities of everyday life with unflinching honesty. In "The Fourth Estate," the artist depicts a group of workers, their faces etched with the weariness and determination of their labor. The central detail reveals the intense concentration of the figure in the foreground, his gaze fixed on the viewer with a quiet determination. The naturalist style of the painting is evident in the intricate rendering of the workers' textured clothing, the roughness of their skin, and the rich, earthy tones of the oil on canvas. The title "The Fourth Estate" refers to the working class, which was often overlooked and marginalized in Italian society during the late 19th century. Pellizza da Volpedo's painting was a powerful statement against the political and social institutions that perpetuated the suffering of the proletariat. The artist's use of naturalist techniques to depict the workers' raw humanity served to humanize them and bring attention to their plight. This painting is now housed in the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Italy, a testament to its historical significance and enduring impact on the art world. The naturalist movement and its exploration of the human condition continued to influence artists and movements throughout the 20th century, from the social realism of the Depression era to the political art of the present day.

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