8 July – 6 September 2015
Surveying the work of one of the most influential painters working in Italy between the 1930s and the 1950s.
The son of a Nobel-prize winning playwright, Fausto Pirandello was advised by his father to find other ways to express himself than literature. After experimenting with sculpture he settled on painting, and spent the 1920s in Paris seeking out the Cubists he so admired. Back in Italy a decade later he allied himself with the Scuola Romana movement, which favoured a wild, disorderly style of painting not dissimilar to expressionism. During this period he produced a number of psychologically intense figurative works; women in various states of undress, shielding their eyes or staring blankly to the distance.
This exhibition at the Estorick is the first in the UK devoted to the Italian painter. Pirandello was greatly admired by founder of the collection, Eric Estorick, who included the artist’s paintings in the touring exhibitions he organised during the post-war years.