Cadenasso, Giuseppe Leone


Spring Shower

Cadenasso, Giuseppe Leone - American (born in Italy) (1858-1918) - Spring Shower
Cadenasso, Giuseppe Leone - American (born in Italy) (1858-1918) - Spring Shower
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  • Artist Name: Cadenasso, Giuseppe Leone
  • Artist Nationality: American (born in Italy)
  • Birth-Death Dates: (1858-1918)
  • Artwork Title: Spring Shower
  • Subject: Landscape
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Signed: Lower left, "G. Cadenasso"
  • Presentation: Framed
  • Unframed Dimensions: 14.25 in. H x 18” in. W
  • Verso: Remnants of old label on frame


“Giuseppe Leone Cadenasso was born near Genoa, Italy on January 2, 1858. At age nine he sailed from Genoa to northern California where his uncle owned a vineyard. As a young man he moved to San Francisco where he worked as a barber, waiter, and sang Italian opera at the Tivoli Opera House” (1 Milton Hughes).

“Unlike many of his peers, Cadenasso did not train in Europe but got his art education in California. There he was discovered by Jules Tavernier who took him to the studio of Joseph Harrington, who gave him free art lessons. He earned enough money to study at the Mark Hopkins Institute as a student of Arthur Mathews and Raymond Yelland. He was also much encouraged by fellow student, Granville Redmond” (2 askart).

“His studio-home on Russian Hill at 17 Macondray Lane was called "The Sign of the Eucalyptus." He later moved across the bay where he headed the art department at Mills College from 1902” (3 California).

“Cadenasso painted scenes of the marshes and eucalypti of Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda. Motivated by tone and harmony, he developed an original style and often used his fingers to spread the colors. His lyrical landscapes earned him the title of "the Corot of California” (2).

“Returning home from seeing his son off to the World War, Cadenasso was struck by an automobile at Powell and Post streets in San Francisco and died of injuries on Feb. 11, 1918. (Four days earlier on the same street, the artist Ben Raborg was killed when hit by a cable car.)” (3).


1. Hughes, EM. Giuseppe Cadenasso 1858-1918 [internet]. [cited 2015 June 3].
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2. Askart Staff. Giuseppe Cadenasso [internet]. [cited 2015 June 3].
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3. California Art Auction Staff. Cadenasso, Giuseppe [internet]. [cited 2015 Jume 3].
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