Vittorio Matteo Corcos was born in Livorno in 1859. He attended the “Accademia di Belle Arti” in Florence in the 1870s, studying under Enrico Pollastrini. Between 1878 and 1879 he was then in Naples at the studio of the painter Domenico Morelli, whose work greatly influenced him.
In 1880 Corcos moved to Paris and was able to sign a fifteen year contract the art dealer Goupil & Cie, becoming a quite fashionable portraitist, well known in elite circles. He frequently visited the workshop of Giuseppe De Nittis where he met Boldini, Degas and the Goncourt brothers.He returned to Italy in 1886. The following year Corcos, who was Jewish, converted to Catholicism to marry Emma Ciabatti and moved to Florence. It was through his marriage that he came in contact with intellectuals like Carducci and D’Annunzio.By the turn of the century Corcos was an affirmed portrait painter. In 1904 he went to Germany for a portrait of the Kaiser, later he painted a famous portrait of Queen Amelia of Portugal. One of his last works was the portrait of the Queen Margherita of Savoy.
The paintings in this post:
Sogni (Dreams), 1896
Neron blessé (The Wounded Puppy), 1899
Lettura sul mare (Reading by the Sea), 1910
Pomeriggio in terrazza (Afternoon on the Terrace)