30 Gennaio 1867 - 8 Gennaio 1959
From 1889 to 1895 Augusto Majani attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and then the Academy of Bologna, where he taught from 1905 to 1937. He took part in numerous international exhibitions, in Florence (1896), in Venice, at the second Biennial with the painting, 'Sera d'estate-Impressione'(Summer Night- impression), in Turin (1898), at the Sempione's internaional exhibition in Milan (1906) with 'Mattino, Vecchie piante' (Morning, old plants), in Buenos Aires and Bruxelles with the 'Notturno' (night-time), as well as in some later Venetians Biennials. Majani exposed some of his paintings at the exhibitions of the 'Amatori e Cultori' (Amateurs and Appreciators) association in Rome in 1904, 1905 and 1927. He was a caricaturist and a draftsman, he collaborated in various magazines and he also owned his atelier in Bologna. He had social relations with Carducci, Pascoli, Stecchetti, Oriali, Panzacchi, Trilussa, Beltramelli, Ojetti e D'Annunzio. He was a popular illustrator and he collaborated with 'Il Resto Del Carlino' and many other magazines including 'Bologna che dorme' and 'Novissima'. These works can be found in the civic galleries of Bologna, Rome, Modena, Florence, Como and Ravenna. From 1905 to 1922 he portrayed a series of views of the Appennines, and from 1922 to 1950 of the Adriatic seascapes. He moved to Friuli and painted numerous landscapes of that land. Major exhibitions of his works were also held in Bologna, in the Artistic circle and at the gallery 'L'ariete' (1976).
Emilio Contini. Text taken from 'The liberty' in Bologna and in 'Emilia Romagna', catalogue of the exhibition, GRAFIS, Bologna, 1977.