Vincenzo Irolli Italian, 1860-1915


Born in Naples, Irolli studied at the Instituto di Belle Arti under Gioacchino Toma and Federicco Maldarelli. Believing nature to be the best teacher, he interspersed his regular coursework with long excursions to the countryside, where he would paint what he saw around him in a mode not unlike that of the Impressionists. Working independently of any singular movement, he approached his craft armed with acute tendencies toward vibrant color and spontaneous brushwork, placing a heavy emphasis on the natural effects of light. His subjects were largely Neapolitan, often domestic and traditional within the scope of Italian genre painting. It was his modern approach, however-and his ability to portray quotidian scenes in what was quite literally a new light-that earned him the acclaim of critics and peers alike.


While Irolli served in the Italian military from 1880-1883, he still managed to paint and exhibit his work. He showed actively at international exhibitions beginning in the mid-1880s and continued to do so well through the 1930s; he exhibited for the last time a year before his death.  


Circolo Artistco Napoletano, 1890


Exhibition of the Naples Società Promotrice di Belle Arti, beginning 1879

Paris Salon

Rome, 1883

Turin, 1884

Academy of Brera, Milan, 1886

Venice, 1887

Monaco, 1890

Berlin, 1892

London, 1888-1904

Munich, 1909

Salon d'Automne, 1909

Barcelona, 1911 (Bronze medal)

Venice, 1922

Rome, 1930

Grand Prix des Artistes Indépendants, Paris, 1932

Bari, 1933

Bergamo, 1934

Trieste, 1934

Mostra di Arte Sacra, Naples, 1936

Annuale Nazionale di Cava de Tirreni, 1948

Museums and Public Collections



Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Torino

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