Tito Cittadini Podesta (Buenos Aires, 1886 - Pollença, 1960)
Tito Cittadini was born in Buenos Aires in 1886, son of the Italian journalist Basilio Cittadini, who emigrated to Argentina in 1869, where he continued his prolific career. He started architecture studies at the University of Buenos Aires, but then left the architecture for painting. In 1910 he travelled to Paris where he entered the academy of Anglada Camarasa. In the summer of 1912 he worked in Segovia, painting the arid Castilian fields. Again, he returned to Paris and following his teacher, he settled in Pollença between 1912-1913. In love with Mallorca and its surroundings he paints his coves and mountains almost feverishly. At the beginning of the decade of the twenties, Tito Cittadini discovered the garden of Pollença; his landscapes, his people and customs motivate him in such a way that his painting takes a calmer look and leads his work to the boundaries of Impressionism. In 1934 his painting underwent a temporary change, a fauve reaction, with experiences inspired by Cézanne, returning later to a balance between the observed and what remains in the memory. Cittadini made numerous exhibitions around the world both in museums and the Van Dyke Gallery in New York; as in important galleries such as Leicester Gallery in London. Cittadini as well as a great artist was a profound theorist of art who received numerous recognitions such as the Prize of L'Excma. Diputació de Balears in 1931. His influence on Mallorcan painting was very remarkable.
Source: Pintaren Pollença (exhibition catalog): Lorenç Cerdà 1862 - 1955, H. Anglada Camarasa 1871 - 1959, Tito Cittadini 1886 - 1960, Dionís Bennàssar 1904 - 1967, Pollença (Ajuntament), 1995