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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1900, in Marciana Marina (Livorno); died 1971, in Milan.

Painter, ceramicist, illustrator, scenographer, writer. Stage costumes.

Futurism.

Giovanni Acquaviva studied philosophy and law at the University of Pisa, while devoting himself to illustration at the same time. He founded the Futurist group ...

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Kenneth G. Hay

Italian movement that emerged in the late 1920s from the second wave of Futurism (see Furttenbach [Furtenbach; Furttembach], Josef [Joseph], the elder), which it eventually supplanted. It was announced by the publication on 22 September 1929 of the Manifesto dell’Aeropittura, signed by Giacomo Balla, ...

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John Milner

Russian acronym in use shortly after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 for art applied to political and agitational ends. The prefix agit- was also applied to objects decorated or designed for this purpose, hence agitpoyezd (‘agit-train’) and agitparokhod (‘agit-boat’), decorated transport carrying propaganda to the war-front. Agitprop was not a stylistic term; it applied to various forms as many poets, painters and theatre designers became interested in agitational art. They derived new styles and techniques for it from Futurism, Suprematism and Constructivism....

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 2 December 1899, in Albisola; died May 1971, in Albisola.

Ceramicist, draughtsman, painter, sculptor, screen printer, photographer. Artists' books.

Futurism.

Tullio d'Albisola studied with his father Giuseppe, a master potter, then with Gaetano Ballardini at the international university pottery class in Faenza, which he entered in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1904, in Loreto; died 1992, in Milan.

Painter. Still-lifes.

Attilio Alfieri began to paint under the dual influence of Cubism and Futurism. Around 1930 he experimented also with the collage technique. Afterwards he went through a period of Classical Representation, and then evolved in the direction of an informal, material Abstraction. Thick and generous materials are fairly constant throughout his many different periods. This is particularly true of his Representational art and can be observed in the skilful brushwork of his series of vegetable still-lifes....

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born in Turin.

Painter.

Enrico Alimandi trained only in painting. He stayed in Paris in 1928 and was a member of the Futurist movement from 1929 to 1932. He then became interested in Surrealism. He had solo exhibitions of his paintings in Turin (...

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Portuguese, 20th century, male.

Born 1893, in Fazenda-Saudade (Sao-Tomé); died 1970, in Lisbon.

Painter, draughtsman, newspaper cartoonist. Wall decorations, designs for stained glass.

Futurism.

José Sobral de Almada-Negreiros was an active witness of the Portugal of his time. He used a wide variety of methods in his unending attempt to open Portugal to Europe and the modern world. Although he was a writer, poet, polemicist and playwright, he had no formal training in art. In ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1901, in Rome; died 1945, in Verona.

Painter. Portraits.

Futurism.

Alfredo Ambrosi practised aeropainting, which attempts to represent movement, a Futurist technique. He celebrated the 1930s Italian Regime with portraits of Mussolini and scenes of aerial combats, praising Fascist belligerence....

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Italian, 20th century, female.

Born 1890; died 1981, in Foligno.

Painter, watercolourist, ceramicist.

In the 1930s Leandra Angelucci-Cominazzini was closely associated with Marinetti and his wife Benedetta's Futurist group. In 1939 she wrote the Umbrian Futurist Aeropainting manifesto. In the 1940s her works became metaphysical, combining representations of fantasy and geometric elements. She had shows in the Venice Biennale in ...

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1895, in Pallanza; died 1930, in Milan.

Painter.

Futurism.

Azari was a lawyer and a member of the Futurist group with Boccioni and Marinetti. He produced theoretical writings, notably Futurist Aerial Theatre and, in collaboration with Marinetti, the First Italian Aerial Dictionary...