by Marine Le Canne
The exhibition “Fruits of the Earth” by Italian painter Arturo Tosi is on display until Nov. 8 at the Gallery of Modern Art at the Palazzo Pitti. The collection is devoted the artist’s still life paintings, the theme of the showcase is described as, “nature as the artist’s model.”
The exhibition began as a series of paintings depicting still lifes, where the main subjects were fruits and vegetables. But to understand the language of art and the deep sense of poetry in Tosi’s works, it was decided to present them close to similar subjects preserved in museum collections and paintings by artists with Tosi had friendships with.
The paintings on display belong to his heirs and were given over a period of time ranging from the 1930s to 1956, the year of his death. Tosi did not date his work. His still lifes consist of only color that becomes matter color, lying on the impression made with great freedom and are always different.
Born in the Northern Italian town Busto Arstizio, Tosi moved to Milan in 1882. Here he attended the school of nude studies at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts from 1890 to 1891. His debut was made at the 1st Esposizione Triennale di Belle Arti in 1891, where he drew the attention of Vittore Grubicy, who steered him towards Lombard traditional art. He focused on the landscape of the valleys around Bergamo. He was eventually exposed in the Venice Biennale, and worked until his death in 1956. He was one of the most respected Italian painters of the 1930s, becoming a member of the Academy of San Luca in 1943. Today, Tosi is regarded as one of the foremost Lombard painters, and is recognized for his depictions of traditional landscapes.
The Gallery of Modern Art is in line with the current Milan Expo, whose theme is “Feed the planet, Energy for life,” as Tosi’s work represents the fruits of the earth in art form.
Galleria d’arte moderna di Palazzo Pitti; Piazza de Pitti
From Sept. 9 to Nov. 8.
Cost: €8.50, reduced: €4.25