Car racing (Giannattasio)

Ugo GIANNATTASIO (Rome 1888 – Turin 1958)

He attended the Academy of Fine Arts and the Free School of Nude in Rome, where he met Gino Severini, who became his friend. In 1906 he moved to Paris, driven by his interest in the new artistic trends that developed in those years, where he met a lot of artists and Severini again, with Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Meanwhile Futurism had come to the attention of artistic circles and Giannattasio soon joined the group. In 1912 and 1913 he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants. His paintings, marked by a great concreteness, show interest in Cubism, combined with a typically futuristic synthesis of dynamic simultaneity. After the dramatic events of the First World War he settled in Rome. In the first half of the Twenties his activity was very intense and extremely diversified: painting, literature, applied arts, set design and costumes. His creativity developed around the central themes of Futurism, in particular the exaltation of the machine and the myth of speed. In those years he took part in important exhibitions, including the exhibition of “Valori plastici”, held in 1922 in Florence, and the Exposition Internationale d'art moderne in Geneva. He took part in the Ethiopian campaign, the Second World War and, having survived the Nazi prison camps, returned to Italy and moved to Turin. His artistic mood developed a strong feeling for non-figuration, close in some ways to contemporary informal trends. His painting, although based on the Futurist experiences, is freer from that formalism and turns to meditative abstraction, with strong poetic accents and vaguely melancholy atmospheres.