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Awakening (Il risveglio)
© DACS 2021. Photo credit: Tate

Awakening (Il risveglio) c.1948

Fausto Pirandello (1899–1975)


Italian painter, born in Rome, the son of the playwright Luigi Pirandello. Advised by his father to express himself in other ways than literature, he initially studied sculpture but in 1920 turned to painting. In 1927 he moved to Paris, where he was for a time influenced by *Cézanne and *Cubism. He returned to Rome in 1931. In the following years he made the paintings for which he is best remembered, mysterious interiors in dominantly earthy colours.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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