Ottone Rosai


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Italian painter, born in Florence, where he studied briefly at the Institute of Decorative Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts. He was precocious and had his first exhibition of graphic works in Pistoia in 1911 and an exhibition of paintings in Florence in 1912. In 1913 he met Soffici and under his influence was associated with the Futurists. After the First World War (during which he served in the Italian army) Rosai was briefly influenced by Metaphysical Painting, but by 1920 he had developed a distinctive personal style in which he depicted scenes of urban life, principally working-class Florence, in a quasi-*naive manner. From about 1930 Rosai painted large landscapes and townscapes in which forms were influenced by mild Cubist stylization. His work was widely exhibited in Italy and he was one of the most popular Italian artists of his day.

Subjects: Art — Literature.

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