Segantini lost his mother at an early age and had a difficult childhood, which resulted in him being sent to a Milanese reformatory in 1870. He went to live with his stepbrother Napoleone at Borgo Valsugana in 1873 and then returned to Milan, where he enrolled at the Brera Academy to attend evening classes in 1877 and started regular courses in 1878–79. Financial support from the art dealer Vittore Grubicy made it possible to leave for an extended stay in the area of Brianza and Lake Segrino with Emilio Longoni in 1881. The two artists separated five years later and Segantini, who was still linked to the Galleria Grubicy, settled at Savognino in the Swiss canton of Grisons. It was there that he adopted the Divisionist technique, as exemplified in particular by Two Mothers (Milan, Galleria d’Arte Moderna), exhibited at the 1st Brera Triennale in 1891. He moved to the Engadin in 1894 and painted Symbolist works such as Love at the Source of Life (Milan, Galleria d’Arte Moderna). He died suddenly in 1899 on Mount Schafberg, where he had gone to paint the great Triptych of Nature conceived for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris.