Alberto Magnelli

1888 - 1971
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Alberto Magnelli, "Conciliabules distraits", 1935 oil on canvas 100 x 130 cm.
Alberto Magnelli, "Sans titre", 1959 felt-tip pen on tapestry paper 47,5 x 63,5 cm.
Alberto Magnelli, "Pierres nº 4G", 1933 tempera and thread on canvas 125 x 86 cm.
Alberto Magnelli, "Éléments", 1964 oil on canvas 92 x 73 cm.

Alberto Magnelli (Florence, 1888 – Florence, 1971) is one of the foremost artists of the first half of the 20th Century and one of the few who best represents each and all of the most relevant aspects of the fine arts during that important period. Attracted to Cubism and futurism, he felt nevertheless the urge to remain independent and therefore, stayed away from any classification. In his early years he made an extraordinary use of colour and moved between the figurative and abstraction styles. In the 30s he painted his famous “Pierre” series and later on, became immerse in geometrical abstraction. During the 50s and 60s his geometrical work becomes more complex but stays clear from compositions strictly ruled by symmetry.