Giuseppe Santomaso

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Giuseppe Santomaso (born September 26, 1907 in Venice ; † May 23, 1990 ibid) was an abstract Italian painter .


Giuseppe Santomaso was born the son of a goldsmith in Venice and spent his childhood, youth and most of his life there. From 1932 to 1934 he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice. As early as 1934 he was invited to take part as an artist in the Venice Biennale in his hometown .

Santomaso dealt intensively with avant-garde art. In 1937 he went on a study trip to the Netherlands and studied the artists of impressionism and fauvism there . During visits to Paris on the occasion of the world exhibitions, Giuseppe Santomaso dealt with the art of Henri Matisse , Georges Braque , Pierre Bonnard and Pablo Picasso . In 1939 Santomaso had his solo exhibition in the 'Rive Gauche' gallery in Paris.

Membership in artist groups

In 1946 Santomaso co-founded the progressive Italian artist group 'Nouva Secessione artistica italiana'. This group was later renamed ' Fronte Nuovo delle Arti '. The aim of this group of artists was to prevent Italian art from becoming provincial. In 1948, however, the 'Fronte Nuovo delle Arti' split into two camps: the representatives of realistic art and abstract art . Santomaso belonged to the faction of the abstract. This group called itself in 1952 ' Gruppo degli otto Pittori Italiani ' ("Gruppo degli Otto"). The group's artists exhibited together.

In the 1950s Santomaso became increasingly concerned with the expression of the Informel , his art became more abstract. In the 1960s, Santomaso's paintings became calmer and more graphic. In the 1970s, the architectural elements of the Palazzi of Venice were found in his paintings and the images were heavily inspired by his hometown.

From 1954 to 1974 Santomaso was a teacher at the Accademie di Belle Arti and he took part in the Venice Biennale thirteen times during the same period . In 1955, 1959 and 1964 he was a participant in documenta 1 , documenta II and documenta III in Kassel .

In 1983 Santomaso received an Antonio Feltrinelli Prize . Until his death in Venice in 1990, he participated in numerous other national and international exhibitions. His works were exhibited twice in the Galerie Roswitha Haftmann in Zurich, in 1983 during the artist's lifetime and in 1998 posthumously.

Giuseppe Santomaso in museums


  • Santomaso , Collezione dell'Obelisco, Carlo Bestetti Edizioni d'Arte, Roma

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Individual evidence

  1. Ludmila Vachtova. Roswitha Haftmann . P. 96 and 108.