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(Berlin 1895 - Saint Tropez 1971)

Lithograph, Meloni-Tavola 72. One of the 12 lithographs for the book LIRICHE DI SAFFO,
Signed in the stone bottom right CAMPIGLI 44. Signed in pencil at bottom P.A. / CAMPIGLI.
Printed in Venice, 1944, by Stamperia del Cavallino. The edition was: a few proofs, partly signed; 2 numbered, signed and dated impressions printed on a beige background; 122 copies on Marais paper, 3 on Madagascar paper and 15 on Japanese paper (12 of them numbered in Romans , signed and dated, 3 numbered A B C).
This is one of the few signed proofs, on Marais paper.
Printed area 193 x 312 mm, the sheet measuring 330 x 428 mm.

After military service during World War I, Campigli moved to Paris in 1919. In Paris he worked for nine years as a journalist for Il Corriere della Sera, during which time he began to paint. Self-taught as a painter, he was initially drawn to Purism, Léger, the neoclassicizing works of Picasso and Metaphysical painting. Campigli also admired the preclassical works in the Louvre, but it was only in 1928, when he saw the Etruscan collection at the Villa Giulia in Rome, that he was profoundly affected by ancient art. His love of archaism and of hieratic and abstract form led him to find sources in Cretan, Pompeian and Coptic as well as Etruscan art. Campigli very rapidly won acclaim, and had exhibitions in Rome, New-York, Venice and Paris. He settled in Saint Tropez in 1949; the Palazzo Reale in Milan held a big retrospective show of his work in 1967. Campigli always showed interest in prints, mainly lithography.