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Giuseppe Santomaso, untitled


Etching with aquatint. Printed in black ink on hand made Magnani wove paper with watermark of the printer 'il Bisonte'. Numbered, signed and dated in pencil '32/102 / Santomaso '64'. Full margins, minor defects at the margins. To the platemark 250 x 205 mm, the entire sheet measuring 645 x 463 mm.

Born as a goldsmith's son in Venice, Santomaso began his artistic training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, 1n 1932. Two years later he was invited to participate at the Venice Biennale. In 1937 he was able to visit Holland, where he studied the Impressionists and Fauves. He visited Paris too, where his first solo exhibition was organized in 1939. In 1946 Santomaso participated to the foundation of the progressive art group 'Nuova Secessione Artistica Italiana', which was later renamed 'Fronte Nuovo dell Arti'. Here he fought for a position between illustrative realism and pure abstraction. The artist's tendency towards classical Modernism was first expressed in a subject-oriented symbolist language reminiscent of Braque and L├ęger. In the early fifties he began to look into informal Art. Up to his death in 1990 Santomaso taught at the Venetian art academy and from 1954 to 1974 he contributed to the Venice Biennale thirteen times, was invited to 'documenta', in Kassel, three times and took part in numerous national and international exhibitions.

price: 500,00 euros

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