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Memoir of my father
Francesco De Rocchi

  • Author Pier Rosa De Rocchi
  • Edited by Giovanni Battista Fogazzi
  • Size 16.5 x 24 cm
  • Binding Paperback
  • Pages 104
  • Language Italian
  • Year 2020
  • ISBN 9788842225140
  • Price € 15,00  € 14,25

A history of the painter of angels
"The dream of all art critics is to read an art book not written by a critic. This book by Pier Rosa De Rocchi, with moral support from Giovanni Battista Fogazzi and Rosanna Sangalli, is one such. In Italian painting of the Thirties, De Rocchi was one of the most lyrical voices. He was an exponent of Chiarismo, a movement that was wrongly considered a feeble follower of Corrente but actually was the first to replace the vision of classical man, as depicted by Sironi and Margherita Sarfatti, with a vision of romantic man, with all his uncertainty and insecurity. De Rocchi is distinguished by a monochrome style that is his alone. As a boy he fell in love with the “Concert of Musician Angels” by Gaudenzio Ferrari and the works of Luini, which he saw in the sanctuary of Saronno, where he was born. He loved Masolino, whose paintings he saw in nearby Castiglione Olona, and Foppa, in Sant'Eustorgio and the museums of Milan. Like most of the Chiarists, De Rocchi studied in the early Twenties at the Brera Accademia di Belle Arti with Ambrogio Alciati, and he superimposed on the lessons of Alciati what he learnt from Cézanne and eventually from Modigliani. Elena Pontiggia