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Campo di violette
(Violets’ Field)

1968
Brass
Unique
33.2 x 17.2 x 17.2 cm / 13 1/8 x 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 in

EUR 135,000

Fausto Melotti

Italian sculptor, painter and poet, Fausto Melotti is considered a pioneer of Italian art and is acknowledged for his unique contribution to the development of mid-century European Modernism. Coming of age in prewar Milan, and living through the horrors of the Second World War, Melotti metabolized wartime devastation in his work by returning to Renaissance principles of harmony, order, geometry, and musical structure, which he integrated into a highly personal yet universally accessible artistic language that expresses the full range of emotional experiences in modern human existence.

Campo di violette (Violets’ Field)

A pioneer of Italian art, Fausto Melotti trained as a figurative artist studying under Italy’s leading Symbolist sculptor Adolfo Wildt at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. In the following decade he gradually shifted his focus to abstraction and a new non-objective art. Active in the artistic milieu of pre-war Milan, Melotti developed influential friendships with the Rationalist architects of Gruppo 7 and the abstract artists who gravitated around Galleria del Milione. With his friend Lucio Fontana, he joined the Abstraction-Création movement, developing firm ideas about non-figurative art.

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