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Primo Conti, a stage design

Watercolour, on wove paper with watermark BOND ADRIA; 217 x 285 mm. Inscribed on the verso by Primo Conti's daughter Questo scenario è stato eseguito dal babbino nel 1926. LITERATURE: Perla Amalo, Primo Conti Scenografo, dissertation in fine arts, Università degli Studi di Firenze, 2000-2001.

Primo Conti showed his precocious talent in the fields of music, poetry and painting between the age of eight and nine. He met the Futurists in 1913 and was deeply influenced by futurist forms in his drawings; but it was not until 1917, after his meeting with Balla in Rome and with Marinetti in Naples, that Conti definitely became part of the Futurist movement. His contribution to the Futurism was his literary works and the paintings and drawings he produced between 1917 and 1919. In the 1920s Primo Conti explored Mannerism, Exoticism, and great historical and religious painting. The 1930s brought a series of alternating events that created problems in his private life. The decade also saw his enforced adhesion to the Fascist Party and his inner rebellion against it. In the late 1930s he became involved in designing stage sets and costumes for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. By the 1940s, long before the official rediscovery of the Futurist movement, Conti was again working on Futurist subjects and experiments. A spiritual crisis, from 1948 to 1963, made him completely subject to the rules of the Order of the Franciscans, though he still continued to paint. Many of his works are housed in the Primo Conti Foundation Museum in Fiesole, near Florence.

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