Corrado Pavolini critico d’arte
Best known for his book Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism (1926), Corrado Pavolini (Florence 1898-Cortona 1980) – one of the leading figures in the artistic and cultural life of the Fascist period – along with his poetic, literary and theatrical research, carried out an important activity as an art critic between 1919 and 1932. In Florence, where he founded ‘Il Centone’ and ‘L´Enciclopedia’ with Primo Conti, then in Rome, where he collaborated with the daily newspaper ‘Il Tevere’. A sympathetic ‘critical lyricism’, practised by a complex personality, unresolved between modernist impulses and restoration of the past, in which free culture, of romantic stock, and official culture, avant-garde and tradition, instances of formalism and reasons for lyricism coexist. A picture reconstructed in relation to the historical, cultural and artistic context, between the certainties of the ‘Novecento’ and the freedom of a new antagonistic generation, between conservation and ‘rational’ architectural innovation.
January 1, 2008