Pirandello: Antonio assorto

Fausto Pirandello

(Rome 1899-1975)

Antonio Absorbed

1950

Oil on card, 68 x 48 cm

Signed bottom right: “Pirandello”

Bibliography: C. Gian Ferrari, Fausto Pirandello, Rome 1991, n. 277; C. Gian Ferrari (ed. by), Fausto Pirandello. Catalogo generale, Milan 2009, n. 440, p. 168; V. Sgarbi (ed. by), Fausto Pirandello. Forma e materia: dipinti e disegni 1921-1972, Siena 2009, pp. 54-55.

Exhibitions: Fausto Pirandello. Forma e materia: dipinti e disegni 1921-1972, Vittoria 2009 – Salemi 2010.

Provenance: Rome, heirs of the artist

 

In the portrait of his second child, Antonio (Rome 1937-2006), the painter seems to be looking introspectively at himself, transferring his own interior torment to the lanky figure and face rapt in a melancholic silence. The pictorial technique reveals a decisive passage: from the tonal values of the Roman School to the geometric and cubist decomposition that later characterised his adhesion to the “abstract-concrete” language theorised by Lionello Venturi.

 

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