Published in the artwork series: "Giacomo Manzù: Fifteen original etchings and aquatints", by Touchstone Suite, New York, 1970.
Giacomo Manzù (Bergamo, 1908- Ardea, 1991), pseudonym of Giacomo Manzoni, was a famous italian artist and sculptor. He devoted himself to sculpture, but also to drawings, etchings and paintings, often centred on female models, painters, female dancers and lovers figures. His works are valued also abroad, where, as well as in Italy, he exhibited from 1933. He also won several italian and internationsl prizes thanks to his famous works and his importance in art field. His works are exposed in several museums, like Vatican Museums and Giacomo Manzù Museum in Ardea.
The theme of lovers is a recurring one in the artist's work. The figures are portrayed in tender and passionate hugs, often half covered by thin and soft clothes.
Signature: Hand Signed. Edition of 125 prints.
About Giacomo Manzù
At the apex of his career, sculptor Giamcomo Manzù adhered to three principle motifs: life-size nudes, Catholic iconography, and the painter with his model. In refining his style, he phased out terracotta and stucco, concentrating on bronze and, to a lesser extent, marble. Manzù intended the simplified human figures for which he ultimately became known to act as widely accessible symbols with allegorical meaning, a sensibility that comes through in works like his serene-faced “Cardinals” (of which he made many versions beginning in 1938), whose stylized cloak and headdress form a smooth pyramid. Likewise, his bronze relief doors Porta Della Morte (1952-64) to St. Peter’s in the Vatican received praise for balancing church demands with 20th century tastes. Besides drawing inspiration from classical sculpture, particularly work by Michelangelo, Manzú admired Aristide Maillol’s figures.
Italian, 1908-1991, Bergamo, Italy, based in Rome, Italy