1930 "Struggle of the Centaurs" oil painting on canvas with coeval frame, painted by Luigi De Servi (4 June 1863-25 June 1945) French-Italian painter. It has artist's signature and autograph date. The work "The Struggle of the Centaurs " was exhibited at Palazzo Ducale in Lucca, on the occasion of the great exhibition dedicated to the artist Luigi De Servi March 25, 2001, sponsored by the Province of Lucca, Municipality of Genoa, Art Museum of Genoa, Cassa Risparmio Di Lucca Bank. It is photographed in the exhibition catalog, "Portrait of an Artist, edited by Maschietto and Musolino, art edition. Photo number 383, page 254.
Museum framework, of great visual impact, the bodies are tense for the fight, they manage to communicate strength and energy. The scene is powerful, fills the space. Has a mythological and mannerism language, at the same time. The artist Luigi De Servi speaks to us with the language of the myth. The figures stand out in the sky where the fury of the wind agitates the clouds in a stormy vortex, only a rock, in addition to the threatening sky. Is the background of the characters, naked enfolded in the struggle, with a red cloth waving around the mighty bodies.
Luigi De Servi was a French-Italian painter active mainly painting sacred subjects in a late Mannerist style in Lucca and Siena, Tuscany, Italy. He was born in Lucca, to enroll in the Regio Istituto Di Belle Arti of Lucca. He first exhibited four works at the 29th Esposizione della Società Promotrice of Belle artists in Genoa.
In 1883 he travelled to Argentina. He sold a number of works in Buenos Aires. In 1884 he painted frescoes for the "Casa Rosada" in Buenos Aires. He also decoreted the Entrance Rotonda, depicting the Primitive life of the Argentines, of the Museo de La Plata. In 1886 he painted a Triumph of the Province of Buenos Aires. In 1887, the Province commissioned portraits of 70 governors from 1810-1887 to be exhibited in Casa Rosada. He decided to briefly return to Lucca, but returned to Argentina for another year. In 1890-1891, he returned to Lucca, and openeda studio. He linked up with Marcucci and Martinelli, to fresco 12 lunettes in the in the arches of the choir in the city cementery. He worked for 20 months in London mainly as a portrait artist...
He many works in Lucca, Alassio, ect
The 1898 he painted the decorations for the piano room of the hause of Giacomo Puccini in Torre Del lago. He worked alongside Plinio Nomellini, Ferruccio Pagni and Edoardo De Albertis.
In 1905 he frescoed the railroad station of Genova Brignole. In 1906 he joins the Giovine Italia, artistic Group. He travels to Uruguay, Argentina and Paris.
In 1910 Luigi de Servi returned to Buenos Aires to the celling of the presidential Room in the Pallazzo del Governo and also painted L'Italia al Mar De La Plata for the Bank of Italy and Rio de la Plata. In 1917 Luigi de Servi return in Italy where he continues to paint portraits. In 1915 he painted the main altarpiece of the church of San Cristoforo in Lucca, 1917 and 1918 he had personal expositions in Viareggio and Lucca respectively. In 1920-1922 he return to Argentina. In 1923 he painted a portrait of Mussolini for Sena and Carlo Spiccani, that was gifted to Mussolini himself.
In 1924, he exhibited in the foyer of the Theatro Nazionale of Roma. 1931 he had personal exbitions at Lucca and Viareggio. In 1933 he painted two larges canvases for the new Bassa Di Risparmio of Lucca Bank. In 1938, he exhibited at "Mostra di Pittori Liguri dell'800" at the Palazzo Rosso, Genoa. He had in 1939, a personal exhibition at the Galleria Geri of Milan. In 1941, 1943 he had exhibitions in Lucca. In 1946 the year of his death a commemorative exhibition was held in Lucca.
In 2001 he had exhibition and biography in Palazzo Ducale of Lucca.