Presentazione del catalogo della mostra.
Caterina Campani | Professor Umberto Sereni | Cristiana Ricci, presidente Fondazione Ricci ETS | Cristian Tognarelli, esperto di Umberto Vittorini
Negli anni 70/80 venivano a Barga eminenti studiosi e critici a raccontarci le vicende artistiche di Umberto Vittorini.
Oggi siamo stati noi Barghigiani, con questo catalogo a riconsegnare al mondo dell’arte la figura di questo maestro del Novecento.
Non solo, oltre all’artista vi abbiamo fatto conoscere l’uomo, passaggio fondamentale per capire alcuni aspetti della sua pittura.
Finalmente possiamo dire missione compiuta.
Grazie a chi ha creduto in questo progetto e a coloro che ci hanno supportato. – Cristian Tognarelli
Umberto Vittorini was born on 22 June 1890 in Montebono, in the municipality of Barga, to a Pisan father and a Barghigiana mother, and spent his childhood in the small town of Sommocolonia. Moving very young with his family to Pisa, he studied decorative art until 1907 at the Istituto Tecnico Industriale, and later at the Institute of Art in Lucca. At the age of sixteen he became a pupil of the painter Edoardo Gordigiani and made his debut in 1910 with some delicate portraits, in which the richness of the brushstroke is linked to a pungent psychological investigation (“The little sister”; “Girl with the pear”).
In 1915-18 he was enlisted in the army and at the front he made some drawings, to document the war experience. In 1928 he moved to Milan, where in the same year he held a solo show at the Scopinich Gallery, and in 1930 he obtained the chair of painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.
During his life he never stopped frequenting Barga, his native town, and Pisa, his adopted city.
He exhibited in numerous national and international exhibitions, including the Roman Secessions, the Venice Biennale (1924, 1930, 1948, 1950) and the Roman Quadrennial (from I to VIII edition). During his career, he obtained numerous awards: he was awarded in St. Vincent (1948), at the Rome prize (1951), in Desio (1952), in Breno (1959) and received the national Castelletto Ticino prize (1962), Torre (1963), Busseto (1964). He also made some etchings, however little known because they were produced in very few copies. He died in Milan on 11 December 1979.