Roberto Iras Baldessari (1894 Innsbruck – 1965 Rome)
View on Piazza San Marco in Venice
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimension: 40 x 50 cm
About the Artist:
Roberto Iras Baldessari (Innsbruck, 23 March 1894 – Rome, 22 June 1965) was an Italian painter and engraver.
He was a student of Luigi Comel at the Royal Elizabethan School of Rovereto where he completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. In Venice (Ca ‚Pesaro) he came into contact with many artists.
The Artist moved to Florence in 1915 where he joined the futurism and frequented with a group of artists of the cafe Le Giubbe Rosse. Baldessari was also collaborating with the magazines L’Italia Futurista and Roma Futurista.
In the early 1920s he stayed in central Europe, where he experimented with works of the Dadaist and abstract art style. After he settled to Rome where he devoted himself mainly to landscape paintings.
A new trip to Europe, for participating in numerous international exhibitions, was made in the 1930s by Baldessari. After a brief return to futurism – which culminates in his participation in the 19th Venice Biennale and the Filippo Tommaso Marinetti air-painting exhibition of 1934 – he settles permanently in Rovereto where he creates engravings and frescoes
One of Baldessari’s greatest scholars is the art historian Maurizio Scudiero, who developed a reasoned catalog of the artist’s futurist works and curated the retrospective R.M. Baldessari.