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Giuseppe Santomaso

"Corrente wants to be an expressive cry, a demonstration of anger, love and justice to the corners of the streets."

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Notes of biography

The painter-engraver-lithographer Giuseppe Santomaso is born in Venice in 1907. He studies Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in his hometown (1932-1934). He begins his graphics career in 1938, mode of expression that he never abandons, also participating through this way in the adventure of the modern illustrated book. Fascinated as a teenager by avant-garde, he travels (1937) first to the Netherlands where he studies the Impressionist artists and Fauvists. After a stay in Paris (1939), where the works of Matisse, Braque, Bonnard and Picasso profoundly influences him, the young artist embarks in the movement “Corrente” that develops in Milan between 1938 and 1943, which reflects the requirement of a break with the official rhetoric.
In 1946, Santomaso becomes a founding member of the "Nuova secessione artistica italiana" which subsequently takes the name of "Fronte Nuovo delle Arti" - a group of anti-fascist artists - then takes his place in the Group of Eight (Gruppo degli Otto, with Renato Birolli, Antonio Corpora, Ennio Morlotti, Emilio Vedova, Giulio Turcato, Afro Basaldella and Mattia Moreni); it is during this period that the artist's early research leads to abstraction.
Between 1948 and 1950, his works reveal an enhancement of color, which overrides the formal construction of the previous period. The expression of Giuseppe Santomaso is then instinctive; the color remains essential. The art of Santomaso is based on the automatic gesture, the use of transparencies and color vibration. The artist draws his color palette in the tradition of Venetian painting, giving his work a new and vibrant essence, mixed with poetry.
Personal and collective exhibitions follow; we note his participation in Documenta in Kassel (1955, 1959 and 1964), the Biennial of São Paulo (1961), the Tokyo Biennial (1967) and the Venice Biennial (13 time!), or his personal exhibition at the Joan Miro Foundation in Barcelona in 1979. Many retrospective of his work are organized (Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Brussels in 1960, Hamburg and Berlin in 1965-66, Venice in 1982, Locarno in 1990).
From 1957 to 1974, Giuseppe Santomaso teaches at the Fine Arts of Venice.
The artist dies in Venice in 1990.

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The art and the artists display: proclamations, galleries, museums, personal or collective exhibitions. On walls or in shop windows, wise or rebels, posters warn, argue, show. Some were specially conceived by an artist for such or such event, other, colder, have only the letter.

Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

We are happy also to be able to greet, by this pages, mythical galleries as those of Denise René, Louis Carré, Claude Bernard, Berheim Jeune, Maeght, Pierre Loeb and others.

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Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Giuseppe Santomaso », Pierre Francastel, Ed. Erker-Galerie, St Gallen, 1962
  • « Giuseppe Santomaso », collectif, cat. d’expo., Fond. Miro, Barcelone, 1979
  • « G. S. : Antologia dell'op. grafica », E. Di Martino, cat., Reggio Emilia, 1982
  • « Oeuvre 1984-1986 », W. Haftmann, cat., Ed. Erker-Galerie, St Gallen, 1987
  • « G. Santomaso : oltre il concetto », cat., Taormina, Ed. Il quadrante, Turin, 1988
  • « Giuseppe Santomaso », L.-V. Masini, in L'arte del novecento, Ed. Giunti, 1989
  • « Santomaso », Loretta Daminato, cat., Galleria Blu, Milan, 2000
  • « Klee - Santomaso: scrutatori del senso », cat., Galleria Blu, Milan, 2004
  • « L’opzione astratta », collectif, cat., Fond. Giorgio Cini, Ed. Marsilio, 2008
  • « G. Santomaso e l'opzione astratta », Nico Stringa, cat., Venise, Ed. Marsilio, 2008
To read from the artist :
  • « Sulla pittura e sull'arte », Nico Stringa, Fond. Giorgio Cini Onlus, 2009
Website :
No website dedicated to the artist.

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Art movements

+ LYRIC ART, ABSTRACT, TACHISM / 1950-1960 / Jackson Pollock, Emil Schumacher, etc.
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