Filippo de Pisis
Ferrara, 1896 – Milan, 1956
Luigi Filippo Tibertelli, known as Filippo de Pisis, was born in Ferrara on May 11, 1896. His parents decided to homeschool him as well as his brothers.
Around 1904 he starts to drawing under the guidance of professor and painter Odoardo Domenichini. After obtaining his diploma he dedicates himself to the study of specific cultural aspects of his city, but he is also conditioned by the reading of the avant-garde magazines La Voce and Lacerba.
The required trip to Venice for the military visit, following which he is reformed, allows him to open his eyes to the colours of the lagoon and its greatest artistic figures. Later he moves to Bologna, where he attends the Faculty of Arts, approaching the futurist poetry, and then establishing relationship with Marino Moretti, Umberto Saba, Giorgio de Chirico and his brother Alberto Savinio and epistolarily with Soffici and Tristan Tzara. Back to Ferrara he depicts some metaphysical compositions and landscapes of the countryside.
In 1919, as part of the Ronda group in Bologna, he knows Cardarelli and Morandi. In March 1920 Casa d’Arte Bragaglia organizes his first exhibition. Ferrara does not satisfy him anymore, and he moves to Rome, deciding to devote himself to painting; here he befriends the painter Armando Spadini and frequents the environment of Valori Plastici. Staying in Rome marks an important moment in the life of de Pisis, both for the evolution of his painting and for his cultural choices. In this period he works to define his own figurative language, beginning to develop his characteristic still lifes paintings. He participates in the III Rome Biennale, in early 1925, displaying side by side with De Chirico and Donghi. In March Casa d’Arte Bragaglia organizes another display of the painter. In the same month he leaves for Paris, where he paints a lot – Parisian views, free copies from the ancient, still lifes, flowers, studies of nudes – overcoming the impressionist lesson. His painting finds large consensus in the Parisian environment. His works, exhibited throughout Europe and welcomed in major galleries and art shows, reach maximum success at the Venice Biennale of 1948 and 1954. He paints until 1953, after which his precarious health conditions would no longer allow him to work and on 2 April 1956 died in Milan.
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