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Untitled, 1955

Watercolor, graphite and oil pastel, on wove paper
6 1/2 × 9 1/2 in
16.5 × 24.1 cm
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Phillips

Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

Unframed

Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

Unframed

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Signed, dated and inscribed 'à Hannaelore(sic) e Rudolph avec amitié - afro.' in pencil
Afro (Afro Basaldella)
Italian, 1912–1976
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The Italian painter Afro Basaldella, known simply as Afro, is best known for his calligraphic, abstract work from the 1950s. As a wave of painting called Art Informel (“formless” art, named for loose shapes and compositions lacking a central focal point) swept Europe and regional circles of modern artists proliferated, Afro joined the short-lived painters circle Gruppo degli otto (“group of eight”). Over the course of this decade, he exhibited in New York, struck up a friendship with Willem de Kooning, and drew influence from the bold style and energetic brushwork of other Abstract Expressionists. Afro’s late works are characterized by flattened geometric forms, a stark contrast to his earlier gestural paintings. Early in his career he was affiliated with the “Scuola Romano” (“school of Rome”), a group of Italian Expressionist artists active in Rome before World War II.

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About the work
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Phillips

Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

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Works on Paper from the Schulhof Collection

Unframed

Signature
Signed, dated and inscribed 'à Hannaelore(sic) e Rudolph avec amitié - afro.' in pencil
Afro (Afro Basaldella)
Italian, 1912–1976
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The Italian painter Afro Basaldella, known simply as Afro, is best known for his calligraphic, abstract work from the 1950s. As a wave of painting called Art Informel (“formless” art, named for loose shapes and compositions lacking a central focal point) swept Europe and regional circles of modern artists proliferated, Afro joined the short-lived painters circle Gruppo degli otto (“group of eight”). Over the course of this decade, he exhibited in New York, struck up a friendship with Willem de Kooning, and drew influence from the bold style and energetic brushwork of other Abstract Expressionists. Afro’s late works are characterized by flattened geometric forms, a stark contrast to his earlier gestural paintings. Early in his career he was affiliated with the “Scuola Romano” (“school of Rome”), a group of Italian Expressionist artists active in Rome before World War II.

Untitled, 1955

Watercolor, graphite and oil pastel, on wove paper
6 1/2 × 9 1/2 in
16.5 × 24.1 cm
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