- LUIGI BARTOLINI PAINTER
Louis Bartolini was a engraver, painter, writer It is Italian poet. He 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 decidedly conditioned by Naturalism of the previous century, through the authoritative examples of Goya, Fattori, Signorini, Rembrandt, as well as the engravers operating during the 1600s.
His was definitely a constant presence at all the Venice Biennales from 1928 to 1962, even receiving an award in 1942.
Other kermesses also recognized his value on an artistic level, awarding him awards in 1932 in Florence together with Morandi and Boccioni, in 1935 at the Quadriennale in Rome and in 1950 in Lugano.
If his professional life has been full of proofs of esteem, in his personal life he has been forced to face rather difficult moments.
In 1933 Luigi Bartolini was arrested in Osimo by the fascist squads, with whom he had also maintained relations for a certain period. Until 1938 he was moved to the prisons of Ancona, Montefusco and Merano, even if many illustrious thinkers believe that it was a farce confinement and that in any case he was treated kindly.
Despite having signed in 1925 The Manifesto of Fascist Intellectuals, like many of his colleagues, professed to be an anarchist throughout his life, interested exclusively in art and very little in the politics of the period.
His troubled life certainly did not stop his artistic production and in 1949-50 he created The reapers for the Verzocchi collection of Forlì, currently preserved in the Pinacoteca of the city.
Luigi Bartolini's works at the time were exhibited in every artistic manifestation of the time, developing different ways. defined by himself blonde way, Black It is linear; with these techniques he creates numerous etchings that delicately represent the landscapes of the places dear to the artist, such as the Marche and Sicily.
Also interesting are some cycles dedicated to succulents, insects, birds, stuffed butterflies and beetles, the immobile symbol of a whole emotionality that struggles to be brought out in a simple way.
These are all works exhibited at the time at the main ones Venice Biennale of the century, admired by those present not without some controversy, due to his always controversial prose presentation and the often countercurrent and unconventional explanations given to his achievements, in a historical period where freedom of speech was not contemplated in a very broad way.
About 1000 engravings have been made since 1912, each one 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 inspiration and with the influence of the avant-gardes.
His work as a writer, poet and art critic is also notable; 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.