From 1864, Eugenio Gignous studies at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Milan. Also, he meets the artists of the "Scapiagliatura" movement (the Italian equivalent of the French "bohème"), such as Daniele Ranzoni and Tranquillo Cremona. Both have a strong influence on his style who takes on a rather free painting technique. He begins to focus exclusively on landscape in the 1870s, experimenting with painting "en plein air" and producing views of the Lombard and Piedmontese countryside. From 1879, he paints mainly on Lake Maggiore, thus inaugurating a new thematic repertoire devoted primarily to views of the Verbano, Mottarone and val d'Ossola. Eugenio Gignous, along with Filippo Carcano, emerges as one of the leading masters of Lombard Naturalism in the 1880s.
Our picture shows the church of Macugnaga, a village at the foot of Mount Rose, in the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola area in Italian Piedmont. A small view of the church of Macugnaga is kept at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Novara.