1897 – 1870
Mario Ameglio was raised in the aristocratic intimacy of the Cote d’ Azure amidst the promenade and the Mediterranean Sea. Here, were seeded the initial nuances for his ability to filter the ordinary into the picturesque extraordinary. He had an innate benefit. His Italian heritage afforded him not only the eye but also the heart and the spirit of his ancestors.
After his formative years, Ameglio moved to Paris where he continued to explore and perfect his abilities. Montmartre becomes not only his main residence but also the beginning of his cultural awakening. Although considered to be self taught, his formal education was provided in this bohemian center through his encounters and friendships with other popular artists.
Of the day who were pillars of the new movements defining both the postimpressionist to the abstractionists and the futurists. Among his acquaintances were, Jean Paul Francois Galle, Jacques Villon, Picasso, Van Dongen and Severini of the famed futurists.
Louvre o/c 18″ X 21 ½”
Ameglio became a member of the salons and a continuous participant. In 1938 during the International Art Exposition he
won considerable acclaim and was awarded his first honorable mention for the painting, Cathedrale de Rouen. Thus he was established.
He traveled extensively throughout Europe but primarily to his homeland of Italy. There he captured the beauty of the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of rural Italy. Executed for the most part in his preferred medium, oil, but engaged in the use of various other mediums. His subjects are rendered in an obvious affection. The finished work is as masterful in technique as it is sensitive to the eye.
On October 29, 1969, a year prior to his passing, a retrospective exhibition was held in his honor at Galerie Cambaceres in Paris. Ameglio was collected world wide by private and public institutions. The noted French critic, Mr. Marcel Guicheteau said of Ameglio, “The works of this artist are always filled with a certain reverie. His harmony, the softness of his tones, his delicate touch all makes Ameglio a painter to evoke poetry.”
Mario Ameglio passed away on July 29, 1970 in his home in Montmartre.
E. Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs;
Apollo Defenseur des Arts, September 1, 1948;
Edouard Cortes Le Poete Parisien (forward);
Marcel Guicheteau, Retrospective Exhibition, October 29, 1969;
Mario Ameglio, biography 1969, Paris.
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