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April 20, 2023

Fortunato Depero: An Extremely Talented and Multifaceted Artist

Born 1892, and inspired largely by the sculptures of Umberto Boccioni, Fortunato Depero became quickly infused with the Futurist Movement of the early 20th Century.

Art works by Fortunato Depero

An extremely talented and multifaceted artist, with works spanning the realms of painting, sculpture, collage, illustration, set and costume design, typography and advertisement, Depero and other Futurists became mouthpieces for the various changes brought about by new technological and political revolutions of Italy and subsequently the rest of Europe, that defined its character preceding World War I.

After releasing Depero-Dinamo Azari in 1927, a book known for being bound with industrial bolts, his talent for graphic design and advertisement during the mechanical revolution of art, culture and consciousness was clear.

Depero moved to New York in 1928, becoming the first – and only – Italian Futurist to move to the United States. While in the United States he would design front covers for publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, as well as designing one of his most iconic campaigns for Italian liqueur producer, Campari.

Depero died in 1960 at the age of 68. These amazing photos show his art works from between the 1910s and 1940s.

Figures in Capri, 1916

Al Teatro dei Piccoli, Balli-Plastici, 1918

Ritratto di Gilbert Clavel, 1918

“Ritratto di Gilbert Clavel” [Portrait of Gilbert Clavel], 1919

Ciociara, 1919

Foire Flottante Italienne, 1920

Mandorlato Vido, Lendinara, >Rovigo<, 1924

Teatro Goldoni, Il Nuovo Teatro Futurista, 1924

Bitter Campari, 1926

L'aratura, 1926

Bar Irrera, 1927

Festa della Sedia, 1927

Gondoliere, 1927

Bitter Campari-L'Aperitivo, 1928

L'Aperitivo Campari, 1928

Movie Makers, 1929

Campari, circa 1930

New York, 1930

Serrada, 1930

Vanity Fair, July 1930

Vogue, 1930

La Rivista, 1931

Vanity Fair, 1931

Nitrito in velocità, 1932

Cordial Campari, 1933

Calma!, La difesa contro i gas è facile, circa 1939

[no title], 1945

Il Ciclista Attraversa la Citta, 1945

Spirale notturna, 1948

Tornio e telaio Tour et cadre, 1949


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