> 18 February
LUIGI SERRALUNGA. TRA SIMBOLISMO E LIBERTY
PALAZZINA DI CACCIA DI STUPINIGI
With a selection of over eighty important works from public and private collections, the MEF - Ettore Fico Museum is setting up an anthological exhibition in the Royal Kitchens of the Residence of the Royal House of Savoy, dedicated to the Turinese Luigi Serralunga (1880-1940), a valued painter and interpreter of Italian artistic culture in the period between the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1896 he enrolled at the Royal Albertina Academy of Fine Arts, where he attended courses in architecture, geometry, figure, history, ornamental design and painting: Giacomo Grosso is remembered as one of his teachers and certainly his main reference. Serralunga gradually affirmed himself in the flourishing Turinese art scene where personalities of the calibre of Renzo Delleani, Cesare Saccaggi, Leonardo Bistolfi and Giovanni Guarlotti worked. Over the years, his painting style took on an expressive autonomy which found best results in portraiture, nudes, hunting scenes and some still lifes - subjects are rendered with light brush strokes, almost giving the impression of unfinished work. He then opened his own studio to young Turinese artists who found in him a stern and capable teacher: among them are Mattia Moreni and Ettore Fico.
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