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Severini, Ginolocked

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Active in France.

Born 7 April 1883, in Cortona; died 26 February 1966, in Paris, France.

Painter, pastellist, collage artist. Religious subjects, military subjects, figures, still-lifes. Murals, designs for mosaics, stage sets, glass casing.

Futurism.

Les Artistes Italiens de Paris.

Gino Severini went to Rome, where he held various jobs in the food business while attending evening classes at the Villa Medici art school. In 1901, he met Boccioni, who introduced him to Balla, in whose studio he first encountered Seurat's Divisionism. While there is a tendency to overestimate the influence of Cézanne, since he was so important for the Parisian Cubists, Seurat's major role in the development of European at this period is often overlooked today.Severini went to Paris for the first time in 1906, perhaps because of his admiration for Seurat and his desire to see more of his work. He lived in a studio in the Impasse Guelma, where Utrillo, Braque and Dufy also had studios. He soon met Modigliani, Max Jacob, Pierre Reverdy, Apollinaire and Picasso. In 1913, he married the daughter of the poet Paul Fort, with Apollinaire acting as witness at the ceremony. In 1923, he converted to Catholicism. He returned to Italy in 1933 and was the only Italian Futurist to be unambiguously condemned by Mussolini's Fascist regime. He stayed in Italy during the war before returning to live in Meudon, near Paris. In 1946, he published the first volume of his memoirs, ...

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