Italian, 1826-1899



"Alberto Pasini was born in Busseto and attended the Academy at Parma. From 1851 to 1853 he studied under Eugène Ciceri (1803-1886) in Paris, where he completed his training in the atelier of M.E. Isabey (1813-1890). He made his Salon debut in 1853. From his first visit to Persia in 1855, as part of the suite of the French delegation to the Persian Gulf and Tehran, Pasini specialized in views of remote corners of Turkey and Persia. He travelled to Constantinople between 1868 and 1869 and to Asia Minor and Syria in 1873. Pasini was also a seasoned traveller within Europe and from 1878 visited Venice on several occasions, and made a journey to Spain with Gérôme from 1879 to 1883.

"Principally a landscape and architectural painter, Pasini came under the influence of Théodore Rousseau and Fromentin in the late 1850s, though his later style reveals affinities with the Néo-grec school of painters. Apart from his Orientalist work, he painted some genre scenes and subjects taken from Turkish history and was also known for his lithographic work.

"After the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), Pasini returned to Italy, but continued to exhibit at the Salon until his death in 1899” (MaryAnne Stevens, ed., The Orientalists: Delacroix to Matisse - The Allure of North Africa and the Near East, exhibition catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1984, p. 195).

Museum Collections: 
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
The Cooper Gallery, Barnsley
Musée Goupil, Bordeaux
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Florence
Le Galerie degli Uffizi, Florence
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Mulhouse
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Reims
Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum, Stirling
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin

Mark Murray Fine Paintings is a New York gallery specializing in buying and selling 19th century and early 20th century artwork. 

Please contact us if you are interested in selling your Alberto Pasini paintings or other artwork from the 19th century and early 20th century. 


“Alberto Pasini: An Appreciation” - An article by Mark Murray in Antiques and Arts Weekly, October 2019