Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo 1868 - 1907
Il Quatro Stato (The Fourth Estate), 1898 - 1901
oil on canvas
560 x 283 cm
Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy
His most famous work is Il Quarto Stato ("The Fourth Estate"). This rich, expressive work has become a well-known symbol for progressive and socialist causes in Italy, and throughout Europe. The painting is shown during the opening credits of Bernardo Bertolucci's film 1900.
I've seen this painting once in reality, and it made a enormous impression on me. It is huge, and it is like the people are walking into you.
The movie 1900 is really worth seeing if you like epic movies like "La Meglio Gioventù", and "Heimat"
Part one and two can be seen on youtube, in Italian, with Spanish subtitles