LUIGI MONTANARINI "Autoritratto, 1933" Oil on canvas80 x 75 cm Year 1933
Signed lower right: "Montanarini 1933" (Signature not visible in photo for originality protection and visible on request) Frame of the period in wood.
Autograph document of prof. Benincasa who proves its authenticity.
He was born in Florence to Stefano and Maria Cianchi. In 1925, during one of the frequent visits to the Uffizi, he met casually and got to know the painter Maurice Denis. In the same year he made his first stay in France. In 1927 he enrolled in the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and began the artistic and emotional bond with Felice Carena, his painting master. Immediately show great love for the classics and masters of the nineteenth century, from Courbet to Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Four years later he obtained the Diploma of Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and made his second trip to Europe. He visits the Netherlands twice where he renews his interest in Rubens, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Afterwards he visited Zurich and went for the second time to Paris, where he met Gino Severini and strengthened his friendship with Alberto Magnelli, known in Florence. In the same city he met and frequented various artists including Picasso and had numerous exchanges with the painters Jacques Villon and Alfred Manessier. In 1932 he won the National Artistic Pensioner for the Painting section together with Pericle Fazzini, who won the prize in the Sculpture section. Adheres to the Roman School (twentieth century) with which he exhibits at the "La Cometa" Gallery in Rome and in 1937 and 1938 he held his first personal. He meets Corrado Cagli, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Afro Basaldella, Mirko Basaldella, Emanuele Cavalli, Alberto Ziveri and Mario Mafai. He makes friends with Emilio Villa, Guido Piovene and Alfonso Gatto. His participation in "muralism" of those years. In 1939 there was his first participation in the National Quadrennial of Art in Rome (then again in 1943, 1955, 1959, 1973) . Since 1940 he has been teaching at the artistic high school in Rome. At the end of the Second World War, together with Pericle Fazzini, Enrico Prampolini, Joseph Jarema and Virgilio Guzzi, he founded the Art Club based in via Margutta 54. He met and frequent Lionello Venturi, who returned to Italy after the exile of the fascist period. The year 1956 marks the beginning of its informal period. He wins a purchase prize at the fourth edition of the Spoleto Prize. In 1965 he became director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome (where he was already a professor since 1956) and a member of UNESCO, positions he would hold until 1976. Luigi Montanarini died and Rome on 7 January 1998, in his home in via di Monserrato . He is buried at the Verano Cemetery in Rome. (text taken from Wikipedia)