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Mario Sironi

(Sassari, 1885 – Milan, 1961)

Milan, 13 August 1961) was an Italian painter, one of the most important protagonists of the twentieth century. He was born in Sardinia and then he moved with his family to Rome where he met Boccioni and Severini and attended Balla’s studio. Starting in 1913, also inspired by the work of his friend Boccioni, he approached futurism. In 1914, the first exhibitions of this movement took place in the “Permanente Futurista” Gallery in Rome, where Mario Sironi was present. After the war he moved to Milan, where he gave life to the series of paintings dedicated to the suburbs and urban landscapes, among the highest results of his career. In 1919, he got close to the fascism which, for him, was intended as a possible rebirth of Italy and Italian art, but which weighed heavily on the judgment of his work. In 1921, he began working with “Il Popolo d’Italia”, a collaboration that will continue uninterruptedly until 1942, at this time he was in fact known mainly as an illustrator. In 1922, he founded the “Novecento” movement in the “Galleria Pesaro” of Milan, for a classical, purist painting. In 1926, he participated with other artists in the great “Novecento italiano” exhibition at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan. In 1932, he took part in the XVIII Biennial of Venice and was commissioned to work on some of the most important rooms at the Fascist Revolution Exhibit. These were the “Marcia su Roma”, the “Salone d’onore” and the “Galleria dei fasci” which he decorates with a large bas-relief “L’Italia in marcia.” The thirties are marked mostly by mural painting, the canvases are essentially abandoned for an art that can speak to as many people as possible. In 1961, he was awarded the City of Milan Prize, city where he died after a few months.


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