Saturday, August 31, 2019

01 Painting, The amorous game, Part 52 - With Footnotes

Ezio Ricci (Italy, 1885 - 1968) 
Old Couple 
Oil on canvas 
10.5 x 8.5 inches / 26 x 21 cm 
Private collection

Ezio Ricci, (Lucca 1885 - 1968), was born in Lucca, a pupil at the local Istituto di Belle Arti, Ezio Ricci showed an early talent for real life painting.

In 1916 he was appointed professor of the decorative arts at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Perugia, where he spent seven years working hard but happily. Some of his best works date to this period, with subjects taken from the family and home, indicative of his discovery of an intimate style.

In 1923 he returned to Lucca to teach as professor of the decorative arts at the Istituto di Belle Arti that following the Gentile Reform of art education became the Istituto d’Arte. His style shows his new interest in the 20th century movement “Contadinelle toscane”. But most of his works dating to this period are in private collections and have been lost. In 1929 he obtained the post of professor of mural painting and director of the Istituto d’Arte, the latter post he kept until 1961.

At the same time as teaching Ezio Ricci continued to paint and during the 50’s exhibited at numerous exhibitions all over Italy. Written by: Gioela Massagli – Translated by: Catherine Biggerstaff

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