Nature Trail Val Surses Savognin Bivio

Segantini 14: Le due madri – Die beiden Mütter, 1889

Le due madri – Die beiden Mütter, 1889: gewann 1896 die goldene Staatsmedaille der Vereinigung bildender Künstler «Osterreichs» (162,5 × 301 cm, Öl auf Leinwand, Gallerdia d'Arte Moderna, Mailand).
Stall von aussen.

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Stall im Innern.
The picture painted in the stable of the local museum Savognin is considered a key work for the representation of motherhood. The theme occupies Giovanni Segantini for a lifetime and can be seen in various of his paintings. He himself lost his mother at an early age and spent a difficult childhood.


Giovanni Segantini was ambivalent towards his mother: «I carry her in my memory, my mother; [...] this high figure, as she walked along tiredly. She was beautiful; not like dawn or noon, but like a sunset in spring." (From Giovanni Segantini's autobiography.) Segantini longed for the beautiful strong mother, but apparently felt that she did not have the (life) strength that he would have needed so urgently as a child.

Segantini glorifies the mother-child relationship between humans and animals in various works. In it, he expresses an unquenched longing for security. To be seen, for example, in "The Two Mothers" with two mother-child pairs or in "Ave Maria at the crossing". The later painted works such as "The Evil Mothers" and "The Punishment of the Lustful" have a completely different effect. According to the psychoanalyst Karl Abraham, in these later works he expresses the anger towards his mother, who had left him so early.


Segantini 14: Le due madri – Die beiden Mütter, 1889

Veia Curvanera 8, 7460 Savognin

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