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Bice Lazzari


The Red Square

1929

Experiences

1958

Untitled

1961

Measures and Signs. Curvatures

1967
 


Beatrice Lazzari was born in Venice on November 15, 1900. Initially she enrolled at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello than, Impassioned by painting, she enrolled at Venice’s Academy of Fine Arts studying ornament and decoration. She proved to be a capable landscape painter, and her work had affinity with the Burano school of painters who, in the 1920s, continued the Venetian tradition of landscape painting, dedicating themselves to the island of Burano. In 1924 she exhibited for the first time, with a Still Life to the exhibition of works at Opera Bevilacqua La Masa, and in 1929 had her first solo exhibition at the San Moisè gallery.

Venice’s artistic scene in the 1930s was animated by circles of artists such as the Circolo Artistico of Palazzo dei Piombi and the Café on the Zattere, where she met Carlo Scarpa and Mario de Luigi, and started her affiliation with the avant-garde movement and rationalist research If as a painter she looked for her affirmation in the naturalistic landscape, she completely broke with the figurative tradition in the applied arts by choosing abstract design and geometric compositions as her means of expression. In 1935, Lazzari moved to Rome, where she contributed by creating murals and decorative panels for the installation of large state-organized exhibitions. In the 1950s Lazzari received real recognition for the first time: in 1951 she had a solo exhibition in La Cassapanca gallery in Rome, followed three years later by another show at the Schneider gallery. In 1958 she exhibited at the Galleria d’Arte del Cavallino in Venice, and again in Rome at La Salita gallery.

In 1959 Lazzari abandoned oil painting to explore new materials, such as glue, sand, tempera and, later, acrylic. Her interest in the ‘informal’, which had begun in 1957, also came to an end in 1963. The artist began again from the beginning in 1964, abandoning her traditional materials and palette in order to find a more simplified means of expression, often applying lines of graphite to a monochrome background. The series of acrylics produced towards the end of the 1960s and 70s demonstrate the extraordinary lyricism and modernity that typify Lazzari’s work of this last phase of her artistic career and consolidate her position as a leading protagonist of post-war Italian art. Bice Lazzari died in Rome on November 13, 1981.

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