Brass Italico (1870 - 1943)


Italico Brasswas born in Gorizia on December 14, 1870. His family, as his name clearly shows, was irredentist: his father, Michele, was part of the "Clapa" of Gorizia's patriots, and he himself had some problems because he took part in pro-Litalian demonstrations. Italico Brass went to Munich and Paris to study painting when he was still young, then he settled in Venice, immediately beginning to establish himself internationally: he obtained a prestigious award at the Salon de Paris in 1893, participated in almost all the Venice Biennales, and held numerous personal exhibitions, in Italy and abroad, always with great success with the public and critics.

During the First World War (he had renounced Austrian citizenship in 1911) he was charged by the Supreme Command of the Italian army to make studies and sketches of the front: among the paintings resulting from this work there are also some views of Gorizia.Brass was reserved of character and solitary, even if he was ready to actively participate in the life, especially cultural, of the city where he lived, whether it was Gorizia or Venice. And in Gorizia, where he continued to be present with his participation in the great exhibitions (the Artistic Exhibition of 1894, the Exhibition of 1924), he was always linked, even though he had become Venetian by adoption.

He died in Venice on August 16, 1943.