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Alberto Savinio, Love Call


ALBERTO SAVINIO, born Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico (Athens 1891 - Florence 1952) LOVE CALL
Etching. One of the only four etchings made by Savinio to illustrate the book by Gentile Sermini 'Stratagemmi d'amore', Rome, 1944, edition of 105. Printed on thick wove paper. Numbered, titled and signed in pencil '90/105 / Love call / Savinio'. Lightly toned and foxed, remnants of tape on the verso; otherwise in very good condition. To the platemark 172 x 108 mm, the entire sheet measuring 232 x 159 mm.

The younger brother of Giorgio de Chirico, Savinio was a writer, painter, musician, journalist, essayist, playwright, set designer and composer. Born and raised in Greece, Savinio, at the age of twelve, graduated from the Athens Conservatory. After the death of his father Andrea's family returned to their homeland of Italy, staying there briefly and relocated again, this time to Munich. By 1911, when Andrea was twenty, his music had become popular enough to be performed in public in Munich. The same year, Andrea set out on his own, moving to Paris, France an epicenter of activity for the European Avant-Garde and Modernist movements. In Paris, he befriended Apollinaire and became acquainted with a range of writers and artists such as Picasso, Cocteau, Léger. Shortly after the outbreak of World War I, Savinio and his brother returned to Italy and, with Carrà, they founded the artistic movement 'Scuola Metafisica', which became known as one of the most significant artistic experiences of twentieth-century Italy. In 1926, Savinio returned to Paris, and began to paint seriously. In 1927, he gave his first one man show. Savinio's contributions to the Avant-Garde movement during this period sharply contrast with the provincialism that was favored by the National Fascist Party in Italy at this time. In 1928, Savinio's daughter, Angelica, was born in Paris; his son was then born in 1934. During this period of his life, he was primarily occupied with literary, musical and artistic criticism. Throughout his life, Savinio composed five operas and authored at least forty-seven books, including multiple autobiographies and memoirs. Savinio also extensively wrote and produced works for the theater.


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