Artist: Ardengo Soffici (Italian, 1879-1964)
Medium: Oil on artist board
Size: 18" x 22 1/12" (45 x 57 cm)
Date: 1926 (Signed dated lower right)
Condition: A few areas of paint loss at lower left, original condition
Notes: Aredengo Soffici was born in Rignano sull'Arno, near Florence in 1879. He he studied at the Accademia from 1897 and later at the Scuola Libera del Nudo of the academy. In 1900 Ardengo moved to Paris, where he lived for seven years, working for Symbolist journals, and became acquainted with Braque, Derain, Picasso, Gris and Apollinaire.
In 1910 he organised an exhibition of Impressionist painting in Florence in association with La Voce, devoting an entire room to the sculptor Medardo Rosso.
In August 1911 he wrote an article in La Voce on Picasso and Braque, which probably influenced the Futurists in the direction of Cubism, which Soffici considered to be an extension of the revolution of the Impressionists. In 1912-1913 Soffici painted in a Cubist style.
After visiting the Futurists' Exhibition of Free Art in Milan, he wrote a hostile review in La Voce. The leading Futurists Marinetti, Boccioni and Carrà, were so incensed by this that they immediately boarded a train for Florence and assaulted Soffici and his La Voce colleagues at the Caffè Giubbe Rosse.[ Reviewing the Futurists' Paris exhibition of 1912 in his article Ancora del Futurismo (Futurism Again) he dismissed their rhetoric, publicity-seeking and their art, but granted that, despite its faults, Futurism was "a movement of renewal, and that is excellent".
After serving in the First World War, Soffici married and moved to Poggio a Caiano where he created a distance from Futurism and, discovered a new reverence for Tuscan tradition, and became associated with the "return to order" which manifested itself in the naturalistic landscapes which thereafter dominated his work.
The present lot, painted in 1926, represents an excellent example of Ardengo Soffici’s style at this time.