A pupil of engraver Romualdo Belloli in Reggio Emilia, Lazzaro Pasini moved to Florence, having obtained a scholarship to study at the Academy. He frequented Giovanni Fattori’s studio and, attracted by macchia painting, he devoted himself to executing landscapes of the Tuscan countryside from life. In 1884, he made his debut at the Esposizione Nazionale di Torino with a genre scene based on a social theme. Similar themes became a constant feature of his work following his move to Milan in 1886, where he came into contact with exponents of Lombard Naturalism. At the beginning of the 20th century he became interested in the technique of separating colours to achieve effects of heightened luminism in works of a religious nature and in his first Lombard views, which won him the gold medal from the Ministry of Education in 1918. His mature works were devoted mainly to landscape painting, with a return to a late 19th-century naturalistic language.