Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art
London, N1 2AN
The Grade II listed home of Eric Estorick's collection.
In the late 1940s the distinguished American dealer and collector Eric Estorick discovered contemporary Italian art, travelling to Italy on several occasions and befriending the major artists of his day. By the time he died in 1993 he had accumulated an internationally famous collection of Italian art and sculpture from 1890 to the 1950s, which is now housed in a refurbished building in north London.
As the collection is a product of Eric Estorick's artistic passions and friendships, it bears the hallmarks of his personal taste. It is particularly strong in the work of the Italian Futurists – Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo and Gino Severini – who sought to break with Italy's oppressive cultural heritage and embrace the modernity and speed of the modern age.
Other artists represented include Amedeo Modigliani, well known for his elongated, wistful figures; Georgio de Chirico, the Metaphysical painter of dream-like empty townscapes; and Giorgio Morandi, celebrated for his subdued still lifes. Among the sculptures on display is a remarkable wax and plaster work showing a veiled woman by Medardo Rosso.