Marino Marini
Italian, 1901-1980
High auction record
£4m, Christie's, 2010
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
MARINO MARINI, Horses, Horsemen and Female Nudes,
Robilant + Voena
Italian Post-war Sculpture, between figuration and abstraction,
Robilant + Voena
Italian Post-war Sculptures: Between Figuration and Abstraction (St. Moritz),
Robilant + Voena

One of Italy’s most celebrated sculptors of the 20th century, Marino Marini primarily produced figurative bronze sculptures, though his practice also included paintings, drawings and etchings. Marini drew on the tradition of Etruscan and northern European sculpture, reinterpreting classical themes such as the female nude, the portrait bust, and the equestrian figure, which he combined with aspects of modernism—in particular exaggerated and elongated forms. Towards the end of his career Marini’s sometimes-monumental sculptures became increasingly abstracted. On trips to Paris and New York, he associated with Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Arp, Max Beckmann, and Alexander Calder, among other major modernist artists.

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