Sunday, 24 April 2011

Alberto Martini

Alberto Martini (1876-1954) was an Italian artist and illustrator whose work has been described as "proto-Surrealism" (all roads seem to lead there on this blog), although he refused to join the Surrealist movement. He studied drawing and painting with his father, who was a professor of drawing at the Instituto Technico in Treviso and a portrait painter who copied the old masters (Martini absorbed the influenced of Bosch, Bruegel, Dürer and Cranach, among others). He produced numerous illustrations for the likes of Poe, Dante, Shakespeare, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Boccaccio and Mallarmé, and his work appeared in magazines such as Jugend and Dekorative Kunst. He also created a set of propaganda postcards during World War I. More Martini: 1, 2, 3.

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