Framed - 19 x 19. Sight - 9 1/4 x 9 1/4. Not Examined out of frame. Bozzolini was a prominent exponent of European post-war abstraction and co-founder of the avant-garde group Espace that championed geometric abstraction during the 1950s. Born in Fiesole he studied at the academy of art in Florence during the 1930s before setting up a group called Arte dOggi, as well as launching an art journal Posiziono, and an artist run gallery La Porta.In 1947 he went to Paris to attend the distinguished École des Beaux Arts. He supported himself initially by hand-printing fabrics and his sensitivity to the printed aesthetic would reappear in his later work. He first began to explore abstraction in 1947 and, with the likes of Sonia Delaunay, embarked on a classical, constructivist approach characterised by a simple, clean palette and an emphasis on line. While discussing his work Bozzolini said La musculature de loeuvre est à la fois physique et spirituelle, (the strength of the artwork is simultaneously physical and spiritual). In 1952 he co-founded the avant-garde Groupe Espace, which published the journal Art dAujourdhui, an influential voice of geometric abstraction and neo-plasticism.
He was close friends with the Florentines Suzy and Alberto Magnelli, as well as Jean Pons, Hartung, Deyrolle, Pillet, Gilioli and Manessier. He never forgot his Tuscan heritage of the great works of Giotto, Masaccio, Uccello and Piero della Francesca, which were the subjects of his early study in Florence, and he retained in his painting a similar concern with clarity and spatial perception, which brought him international acclaim.
Bozzolini held his first solo exhibition in 1949 at Galeria Strozzina in Florence, and then at Galeria Salto in Milan, 1950. His first solo exhibition in Paris took place at the Galerie La Hune in 1951. Numerous further solo shows ensued most notably in the distinguished Galerie Denise René 1953, 1954; the Galerie de Beaune 1955; Galeria Grattacielo, Milan, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1967; Galerie George Bongers 1958; Wittenborn Gallery, New york, 1959; Galerie Madeleine, Brussels, 1961. Recently in 2014 a major retrospective of the artists work was held at the new cultural centre in Poggibonsi between Siena and Florence.Bozzolini also participated in major avant-garde salons, the Salon de Mai from 1950 to 1970, the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles from 1952 to 1967, and the Salon de lArt Sacre in 1965. The artist is now represented in many major museums including Musée dArt Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo dArte Moderna, Sao Paulo; Galeria dArte Moderna, Florence; Museo dArte Gravdos, Madrid. The item "Italian Geometric Abstract Mixed Media Painting By Silvano Bozzolini Signed 1988" is in sale since Monday, January 29, 2018.
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