Spotlight on Russolo

Luciano Chessa

in Luigi Russolo, Futurist

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780520270633
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951563 | DOI:
Spotlight on Russolo

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This chapter focuses on the occultist themes in Russolo's paintings. An overview of these works is useful not only because this is a vast body of work with considerable artistic merit, but because these paintings occupied Russolo during the time he systematically committed into writing his metapsychic investigations. Thus, they provide a fitting visual complement for the investigations that are the primary subject of this book. It is not difficult to demonstrate the influence of the occult arts in Russolo's visual work: most of his canvases are laden with symbols of death, skeletons, skulls, globes of fire; supernatural, hallucinatory, ethereal, and residual images; and synesthetic representations—in short, all the caravanserai of icons typically associated with the occult.

Keywords: Luigi Russolo; occult arts; paintings

Chapter.  8391 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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