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Felice Casorati (ital. Felice Casorati, December 4, 1883, Novara — March 1, 1963, Turin) was an Italian painter.

F. Casorati was born in the family of an officer. In childhood and adolescence Casorati frequently moved from place to place, lived in Milan, in Sardinia, in Padua. The future artist had initially studied to be a concert pianist why he graduated from the faculty of law at the University of Padua. In parallel, he takes painting classes, first at Pavia, and since 1908 — in Naples. In 1907 and 1909 exhibitions of his paintings in Venice. During the First world war, he was drafted into the army. In 1923 Casorati was arrested for participating in anti-fascist movement.

In the artist initially strongly influenced by symbolism and art Nouveau (especially Gustav Klimt). In the early 1920-ies Casorati accepts metaphysical realism of Giorgio de Chirico and uses the principles of spatial construction on the canvas. Later in 20-e years he studied the art of the Renaissance (especially the work of Piero della Francesca). Still lifes, genre scenes, and religious paintings, portraits of women and paintings of Nudes; it works also as a theater artist.

In the late 1920-ies F. Casorati opens in Turin his art school, in parallel he teaches at the Turin Academy of arts. In the 1930-ies participated in numerous Italian and international exhibitions, receiving various awards(e.g. prize in the section "painting" at the Venice Biennale in 1938). In 1955, the artist participated in the exhibition of contemporary art documenta 1 in Kassel.


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