Alberto Savinio,
The Meridian Astrologist

Alberto Savinio,
The Meridian Astrologist

Alberto Savinio, L’astrologo meridiano
Oil on canvas, 1929, 65×81 cm with frame and passe-partout 94.5×110 cm, Inv. n. 1775

From the collection of Madam Pomaret, promoter of the Galerie de la Renaissance, came «l’Astrologue meridien», a work dated 1929 and created in the Parisian artist’s most prolific year of production.

Here, for the only time in the painting of these years we contemporaneously find the geometric animations of the skies, characterised by very bright, almost fluorescent colours and the invention of the three-dimensional gears. Both these new iconographies can be seen as incredible anticipations of pop art and the contemporary world of graphic art, but it is also possible to trace some pedigree in the scenography of futuristic theatrical production of the 1920’s. The geometric motifs that cover the skies and the rooms in Savinio’s works can also find references in themes and images reinterpreted by artists of the Cubist school.

Savinio’s painting from this period is therefore in keeping with the complex Parisian scene of the 1920s, where even a nostalgia for elements of metaphysical language can be noted, like the man with the small oval head and the scenographic representation, mixed with specific references to the world of antiquities

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