b. 1883, Novara, Italy
d. 1963, Turin, Italy


Close to Magic Realism and the symbolic style of the Vienna Secession, the works of the Italian painter Felice Casorati of Turin (*1883 Novara | † 1963 Turin), are unique in Italian Modern art. Over the years, Casorati evolved a calm, studio art of which the nude figure was a principal subject. Within a purposely ‘artificial’ ambiance, his figures have a memorable and not at all stilted poignancy. Of all modern artists, he may have most tellingly depicted the angular uncertainties of adolescence. Casorati concentrated on a physical, almost Mannerist tension of pose. As an admirer of artists like Georges de La Tour and Ingres, he was a stern classicist, but with the temperament of a romantic.

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