Piero Fornasetti

Milan, 1913-1988

Piero Fornasetti was a Milanese painter, sculptor, interior decorator, engraver of books and a creator of more than 11,000 products. In terms of variety of decoration, Fornasetti’s production of objects and furniture is one of the largest of the 20th century.
In 1930 he entered Brera Academy to study drawing but he was expelled for insubordination in 1932. In 1933 Fornasetti exhibited his artwork at Milano University as part of a student exhibition, and he also presented a series of scarves in printed silk at the Milan Triennale.
For Piero Fornasetti, a single idea provided enough inspiration to create infinite variations. In fact, much of his work involved constant evolutions of specific themes. By allowing his imagination to roam freely. Fornasetti was able to constantly reinvent or reinterpret an image.
Of these themes, the most recurrent are; the sun, playing cards, harlequins, hands, self-portraits. But the most famous, the image that inspired Fornasetti to coin the title ‘Tema e Variazioni’, is the enigmatic face of a woman; the opera singer Lina Cavalieri.
In 1940 Fornasetti met Gio Ponti, since then they started collaborating for a long time: in 1942 he realized the frescoes for Palazzo Bo in Padua, in 1950 he decorated the interior of the San Remo Casino, in 1951 Fornasetti made the first example of a complete interior for Casa Lucano.
In 1952 he took part to the interior decoration of the Andrea Doria ocean liner, designing the first class areas.
In 1970 he found the Bibliofili Gallery in Milan with several friends to exhibit his production and that of some contemporary artists. Fornasetti died in 1998 in Milan.

from fornasetti.com

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