Licini, Osvaldo (1894-1958) – 1957 Angel of Santa Rosa (Private Collection)

Licini, Osvaldo (1894-1958) - 1957 Angel of Santa Rosa (Private Collection)

Oil on canvas; 56 x 68 cm.

Italian painter and writer. He was born into a family of artists and artisans and began his training at the Scuola Libera di Pittura in Rome and later in the workshop of the Italian painter and restorer Giovanni Capranesi (1852-1921). During this period he also cultivated his personal interests, studying above all the work of Correggio, Giotto, Piero della Francesca and Cezanne. These influences are apparent in early works such as Self-portrait with Hat (1914; Verona, Pal. Forti). In 1915 he showed his work at the third exhibition of the Rome Secession. His first important success, after several years of financial difficulty, came in 1924 when he exhibited The Tram (1923; Rome, G.N.A. Mod.), a masterpiece of this first Roman period, at the Venice Biennale. He participated in La prima mostra del novecento italiano at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan in 1926, also contributing to the second exhibition there in 1929. In 1927 he moved to Venice to take up a teaching post at the Accademia di Belle Arti.

Licini’s abstract work is singularly distinct from other Italians of his time. His abstract painting and poetry are both powerfully lyrical. His work was freed from the cage of the geometric rationalism through color, imagination and an indication of a coming climate of the Expressionism. In this way his work can be said to parallel that of Paul Klee.

The 1940s marked his abandonment of dogma as his art morphed into a sui generis surreal fantasy, marked by Northern influences (his wife was Swedish) and post-symbolist poetry that foreshadowed work of extraordinary intensity in the 1950s that manifested his total immersion in a dream world.

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