Pencil Drawing of a Female Portrait of Aligi Sassu from the 1970s


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Pencil drawing of a woman's portrait, created by Aligi Sassu in the 1970s

Ø cm 43 h cm 52

Aligi Sassu (1912-2000) was a renowned Italian painter and sculptor who left an indelible mark on the 20th century art world. His prolific and diverse body of work encompassed a wide range of styles, including expressionism, social realism, and primitivism, consistently reflecting his deep engagement with human struggles, social issues, and the beauty of the natural world.

Born in Milan, Italy, in 1912, Aligi Sassu was exposed to art from an early age, thanks to his father's close friendship with prominent artists such as Carlo Carrà and Boccioni. This artistic environment undoubtedly influenced Sassu's creative inclinations, leading him to pursue a formal artistic education at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan.

The twenties and thirties were formative years for Sassu's artistic career. He was initially attracted to the dynamism and energy of Futurism, evident in his early works. However, his experiences during the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s profoundly influenced his artistic direction.

Witnessing the horrors of war and the plight of the marginalized, Sassu embraced a more socially conscious approach to art. His paintings began to depict scenes of poverty, oppression and the struggles of ordinary people, imbued with a sense of empathy and criticism of social injustices.

During the 1940s and 1950s, Sassu consolidated his position as a leading figure of Italian Social Realism. His paintings, often characterized by bold colors, expressive brushstrokes and distorted figures, captured the harsh reality of post-war Italy, highlighting the struggles of the working class and the marginalized.

Sassu's works were not simple political statements; they were deeply human and conveyed a deep understanding of the human condition. He represented the resilience of the human spirit in the midst of adversity, the beauty found in the midst of difficulty, and the desire for a more just and equitable society.

In the 1960s and 1970s Sassu's artistic style evolved once again. He moved away from the stark realism of his early work, embracing a more lyrical and evocative approach. Primitivist influences became evident in his work, as he drew inspiration from ancient art and the expressive power of primitive forms.

Sassu's paintings from this period often featured simplified figures, bold colors, and a sense of mysticism. He explored themes of nature, mythology and the interconnectedness of all living things. His work exuded a sense of spirituality and a respect for the natural world.

 

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