Tuesday, March 22, 2011

masters: giuseppe pellizza da volpedo

This wonder is very famous in Italy, I don't know about the rest of the world. It was painted in 1901 by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, who was divisionist painter, neo-impressionist artist and social activist.
This artwork is considered as the allegory of the dependent employees protest and the industrial action of late 19th century. It portrays the people on strike, including a woman holding her baby, walking toward the light.
A perfect snapshot and imposing masterpiece of lights and shadows. You can even see the people moving. To me it was love at first sight, insomuch as I bougth a big size print and hung it in my room as a teen.
Its name is Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth State) and lives at Museo del Novecento in Milan.

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