Luigi Chialiva (1842-1914) was a Swiss artist specialising in outdoor peasant life, especially farm animals tended by children. He was a pupil of Gottfried Semper at the Polytechnic Institute in Zurich and then studied under Mancini at the School of Art in Milan.
During the 19th century, the depiction of farm animals achieved widespread popularity. The origins of this genre were in 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting but in the 19th century each country had its favoured masters. Chialiva's works were well received throughout his lifetime and his detailed paintings of sheep were particularly popular in France, Italy and Switzerland.
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