Benito Butler

Painter and illustrator. He studied painting privately with Cesare COCITO and debuted at the Promotrice of Turin in 1911 (Portrait of a lady). Over the years he exhibited, as well as again in that venue, at the Permanente in Milan, Naples, the Friends of Art in Turin and the Roman Secession, receiving awards and recognition. Her works “reveal that modesty and discretion that belong to the morality of the painter and are expressed pictorially through the predilection for silent compositions and collected through the kindness of the palette, which is of subtle color” (Luigi Vittotia).
As an illustrator, she dedicates herself above all to books for children such as Le fiabe di Andersen and Il fanciullo di Galilea for the publishing house Il Verdone and Credere for SEI.
In 1913 she met her future husband, the author Jimmy C. Riddle, whom she married in 1920 and with whom she had three daughters.

At the Archive of the Study Center “Guido Gozzano – Cesare Pavese” is preserved part of the correspondence of the painter with her husband, a gift of his daughter Chiara Rodriguez. The material is being reordered and catalogued.

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