Luigi Bartolini

Luigi BARTOLINI | Works and biography


Luigi Bartolini was born on February 8, 1892 in the small village of Cupramontana.

During the years of study at the Academy of Rome, his training was definitely conditioned by the Naturalism of the previous century, through the authoritative examples of Goya, Fattori, Signorini, Rembrandt, as well as the engravers working during the 1600s.

His was definitely a constant presence at all the Venice Biennials from 1928 to 1962, also receiving an award in 1942.

Other kermesse also recognized his value on an artistic level, assigning him awards in 1932 in Florence together with Morandi and Boccioni, in 1935 at the Rome Quadriennale and in 1950 in Lugano.

If his professional life was full of certificates of esteem, in his personal life he was forced to face rather difficult moments.
In 1933 Luigi Bartolini was arrested in Osimo by the fascist squads, with whom he had also had relations for a certain period. Until 1938 it was moved to the prisons of Ancona, Montefusco and Merano, even if many illustrious thinkers believed it was a farce confinement and that it was treated in a kind way in any case.
Despite having signed in 1925 The Manifesto of the Fascist Intellectuals, like many of his colleagues, he professed himself anarchist all his life, interested exclusively in art and very little in politics of the period.

His troubled life certainly did not stop his artistic production and in 1949-50 he created compositions still today considered of great value, such as The harvesters for the Verzocchi collection di Forlì, currently visible in the town's picture gallery.

The works of Luigi Bartolini were exhibited at the time in every artistic manifestation of the time, developing different manners defined by himself: blonde manner, Black and linear; with these ways he created numerous etchings that delicately represent the landscapes of the places dear to the artist, such as the Marches and Sicily.
The climate is decidedly nuanced and the resulting suggestion is capable of touching the most intimate chords of the human soul.

There are also some interesting cycles dedicated to succulents, insects, birds, embalmed butterflies and scarabs, an immobile symbol of all an emotion that struggles to be pulled out in a simple way.
These are all works exhibited at the time at the main ones Venice Biennials of the century, admired by those present not without some controversy too much, due to his prose of always polemical presentation and to the often counter-current and unconventional explanations given to his creations, in a historical period where freedom of speech was not contemplated in a very broad way.

Since 1912, about 1000 engravings have been made, each finely created to offer the public an ever-changing emotion, taking up all the techniques of the ancient professionals of the 1600s and innovating them with their own flair and with the influence of the avant-gardes.

His activity as a writer, poet, art critic is also noteworthy; of his literary production we remember the novel bike thieves, from which the homonymous film by the famous director Vittorio De Sica was born.

After the satisfaction of becoming an Academician of San Luca in 1960, Luigi Bartolini died in Rome in 1963.