He attended for a short time the Academy of Naples under the teachings of Gabriele Smargiassi and Giuseppe Mancinelli . He made his debut in 1864 at the exhibition of the Promoter ” Salvator Rosa ” of Naples where he presented two small landscapes both entitled ” The advancing storm ,” which only Cecioni Adriano , who used to stay in Naples pensioner of the Academy of Florence, and he noticed praised unreservedly predicting the future of the great eighteen Barletta . He sent again to the Promoter Neapolitan 1866 1867 four landscapes, two of which , ” A house on the outskirts of Naples ” and ” A road in the Apennines ,” were purchased by Vittorio Emanuele II, the Gallery of Capodimonte.
In the same year he went to Paris , but in 1870 during the German invasion of the French capital was forced to repatriate . He returned in 1872 , and after many months of studies, research and difficult life was able to obtain a satisfactory statement at the Salon of 1874 with the painting ” Road to Brindisi .” The following year he went to London and immediately attracted the interest of the public and the critics with a series of views of the city on the type of ” Place de la Concorde .” Since that time the De Nittis reached the fame and fortune , his views in London and Paris were well evaluated by the finest collectors and incettate , with safety , from renowned art dealers .
It was almost regular exhibitor at the Paris Motor Show, appeared often at the Biennale of Venice and the major Italian exhibitions , and also took part in the artistic events of the European capitals . He left a remarkable body of work : “Views of Paris ” and Views of London ” , scenes of living and dancing, sailing regattas and races, outdoor dining , The Pinacoteca di Barletta dedicated to his name, owns one hundred and ninety donated by widow , among which include: ” Pass the train ,” ” Breakfast in the garden ,” ” the living room of the Princess Mathilde ,” ” Self-portrait” , ” portraits of his wife Leontine Greville ,” ” the races at Longchamp ,” ” Woman aristocratic ” , ” veiled Woman ,” ” Vesuvius “, ” Chrysanthemums ,” ” flower Garden ” . At the XI International Art Exhibition of the City of Venice ( 1914), one of the highlights was the retrospective exhibition of the works of Giuseppe De Nittis in which were gathered eighty-six of his best known works such as: “In view ” , “The Vesuvius erupting , “” Next to the pond ” ; ” Lunch Posillipo , “” on the shores of Lake Lucerne , “” boat , “” Place des Pyramides ” , owned by the Luxembourg Museum in Paris ; ” in prom dress “” in the living room ” , ” summer ” , ” winter ” , ” Lady with the dog ” , preserved in the Museum Revoltella in Trieste ; ” At a stage of ‘ “Opera” in Paris ” ( pastel ),” Now quiet , “” a bridge in London , “” The ‘ NationaI Gallery ” in London ,” ” Moonlight ,” ” Portrait of Edmond de Goncourt ” ( pastel ) , the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan , in that of Rome ” Races in the Bois de Boulogne ,” ” on the banks dell’Ofanto ” in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence , ” Waterloo Bridge ” , in the collection of the Comm. Delleani ; ” Trafalgar Square” , in the collection of the Comm. Annoni of Monza , ” Horseback riding ” , in the collection of comm . Aldo Crespi , “Sunday in London” and ” Westminster ” , already in the Gallery of the Comm. Paul Ingegnoli of Milan.