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VERONESI, Luigi (Mario) 1908-1998

PERSONAL:

Born May 28, 1908, in Milan, Italy; died of a heart attack February 25, 1998, in Milan, Italy; married Ginetta Nicora, 1945; children: Silvio. Education: Studied painting under Carmello Violante and Rafaello Giolli, 1924-29; studied painting and experimental photography with Fernand Leger, 1932-35.

CAREER:

Independent graphic artist, 1928-98; Campo Grafico artists group, Milan, Italy, 1935-40; La Bussola group of photographers, Milan, co-founder and member, 1947-56; Gruppo MAC artists group, Milan, member, 1948-57. Exhibitions: Work included in permanent collection at Museo della Fotografia, Universita di Parma; Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Turin, Italy; Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Ancona; Galleria Civica, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara; Galleria Civica, Avezzano; Calcografia Nazionale, Rome, Italy; and Musee de Saint Paul de Vence, France. Individual exhibitions include Galleria il Milione, Milan, 1932, 1934; Galleria delle Cre, Milan, 1962; Musee Municipal, St. Paul de Vence, France, 1970; Studio Marconi, Milan, 1975; and Galleria Toninelli, Rome, Italy, 1981. Military service: Italian Resistance, member, 1940-45.

AWARDS, HONORS:

First Prize for Color, International Film Festival, 1949; Prix St. Gobain, 1966; Grand Prix, Quadriennale d'Arte (Turin, Italy), 1968.

WRITINGS:

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES

Quaderno di geometria, text by Leonardo Sinisgalli, [Milan, Italy], 1936.

14 Variazione di un Tema Pittorico 1936: 14 variazioni di un tema musicale, text by Riccardo Malipiero, [Milan, Italy], 1939.

Del film astratto, [Milan, Italy], 1948.

Voyelles, text by Arthur Rimbaud, [Milan, Italy], 1959.

15 disegni sono i fiori della notte, text by Osvaldo Patani, [Milan, Italy], 1963.

Veronesi, text by Osvaldo Patani, [Milan, Italy], 1965.

Exposition de Luigi Veronesi, Musee Municipal (Saint-Paul de Vence, Italy), 1970.

Le ragioni astratte, Martano (Turin, Italy), 1972.

Istituto di storia dell'arte, Universita di Parma (Parma, Italy), 1975.

Comune di Ferrara: Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Bertini Istituto Grafico (Milan, Italy), 1978.

Legni colorati 1977-78, text by Miklos N. Varga, [Bologna, Italy], 1978.

Luigi Veronesi, Editori Riuniti (Rome, Italy), 1980.

Fotogrammi e fotografie, 1927-80, G. Einaudi (Turin, Italy), 1983.

Luigi Veronesi: Galleria Sagittaria, Marzo-Maggio 1984, Centro Iniziative Culturali Pordenone (Pordenone, Italy), 1984.

Razionalismo lirico 1927-1997, Mazzotta (Milan, Italy), 1997.

FILMS

Caratteri, 1939.

Viso e Colore, 1939–40.

Film No. 4, 1940.

Film No. 5, 1940.

Film No. 6, 1941.

Film No. 9, 1951.

Film No. 13, 1980–81.

SIDELIGHTS:

Known mainly as a figurative painter, Luigi Veronesi studied under artist Carmello Violante and critic Rafaello Giolli when he was sixteen years old. In Contemporary Photographers, Veronesi noted, "I am a painter; for fifty years I have been painting non-representational pictures and for the same time I have also been seeking to express myself in another medium: photography." His interest in photography included the technique of photogram, in which a picture is made without using a camera. Instead, light and light-sensitive materials are used, resulting in a picture that depicts an object only in dimensions of light and shades. Veronesi died in 1998.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

BOOKS

Contemporary Photographers, 3rd edition, St. James Press (Detroit, MI), 1996.*

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