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  • Description
    Marino Marini (1901-1980)
    gouache on paper laid down on canvas
    24 1/2 x 17 inches
    framed: 33 1/2 x 26 inches
    signed and dated ‘Marino 1954’ (lower left)
    Painted in 1954

    Denver Art Galleries, Denver
    Esther Robles Gallery, Los Angeles
    Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet,New York, May 1978, lot 393a
    F. Caturani (acquired at the above sale)
    sale, Sotheby’s, New York, Feb. 23 2001, lot 126
    Private collection, Italy (acquired at the above sale)
    sale, Christie’s, London, Oct. 16, 2006, lot 205
    Private collection, Italy (acquired at tye above sale)
    Studio Guestalla, Milan
    Private collection
    Private collection, Long island

    The Marino Marini Foundation has confirmed the authenticity of this work

    Marino Marini, one of Italy’s most celebrated 20th-century sculptors, was renowned for his figurative bronze sculptures, as well as his paintings, drawings, and etchings. He is best known for his equestrian and female nude sculptures, which draw inspiration from Etruscan and northern European traditions, reinterpreting classical themes. Marini's work incorporates modernist elements, such as exaggerated and elongated forms Towards the end of his career Marini’s work became increasingly abstracted. During his trips to Paris and New York, he connected with major modernist artists like Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Arp, Max Beckmann, and Alexander Calder.

    Born on February 27, 1901, in Pistoia, Italy, Marini studied painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. Although he shifted his focus to sculpture after graduation, he continued to paint throughout his career. His style was influenced by Roman and Etruscan art, as well as the work of Arturo Martini. In 1928, he exhibited his first significant work at the Galleria Milano in Milan. The following year, he succeeded Martini as professor at the Scuola d’Arte di Villa Reale in Monza, a position he held until 1940 when he became a sculpture professor at the Accademia di Belle Arti de Brera in Milan. Throughout the 1930s, Marini traveled across Italy, France, and Switzerland, forging friendships with artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Germaine Richier, Fritz Wotruba, Massimo Campigli, Giorgio de Chirico, and Alberto Magnelli. He received the Prize of the Quadriennale in Rome in 1936.

    In 1943, Marini moved to Switzerland to live in exile but continued to exhibit his work. After World War II, he returned to Milan, where he lived until his death.

    Marini’s sculptures were featured in the Museum of Modern Art’s 1949 Twentieth-Century Italian Art Show in New York. In 1950, his work was showcased in a solo exhibition at Curt Valentin’s Buchholz Gallery in New York City, where he met prominent modern sculptors like Jean Arp, Alexander Calder, and Max Beckmann.

    Marini was awarded the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the 1952 Venice Biennale and the Feltrinelli Prize at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome in 1954. In 1959, a large sculpture by Marini was installed in The Hague, and his work was the subject of retrospectives at Kunsthaus Zürich in 1962 and Palazzo Venezia in 1966.

    Marino Marini passed away on August 6, 1980, in Viareggio. After his death, the Marino Marini Museum was established in the ancient church of San Pancrazio.

    Marini’s works are in major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Tate, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Dallas Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: gouache on paper laid down on canvas
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1954
    Styles / Movements: Modernism, Expressionism
    Incollect Reference #: 733395
  • Dimensions
    W. 17 in; H. 24.5 in;
    W. 43.18 cm; H. 62.23 cm;
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Schillay Fine Art, Inc. and Richard Schillay have carried on and expanded the art dealing tradition begun by Richard’s father, M. Edwin Schillay. For decades after World War II, M. Edwin Schillay was the foremost dealer of 19th century British art. He spearheaded the introduction to America of Victorian paintings on a large scale. Today Schillay Fine Art has greatly expanded its interests and offering -- well into the fields of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modern, and Post-War art.

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