Oil on canvas technique.
Size of the work only: cm 30 x 40 x 2.
The work is signed on bottom right.
The work is accompanied by a certificate issued by the gallery M&D Arte.
In very good condition, as per photos.
Attilio Vella was born on 17 July 1901 to Giuseppe and Concetta Pedalino; commercial traveller and painter. His father worked in the Gibellina sulphur mines and moved to Milan with his large family in 1910. Vella studied art there. At the age of 18, he made his debut as a painter. From 1920 to 1924 he joined the Futurist movement, but when the main exponents of the movement joined fascism, he broke off relations, like other artists. Arrested several times, he also faced a conviction. To make a living, he traded frames for paintings, he was an interior decorator, window-dresser, poster artist. With the foundation of the “Novecento” movement and the art return to order, Vella developed an experimental abstractionism as an alternative to the involution in progress. Although he almost always lived in Milan, he often visited his family in Switzerland. On 4 January 1930, due to his relationship with Camillo Berneri, the police headquarters asked for the registration of Vella in “Rubrica di Frontiera” and “Bollettino delle ricerche” (which took place on 14 February) with an arrest invitation as “anarchist, expatriation to be prevented”. On the Lugano “Falce e Martello” from 28 August 1930, Vella and all his brothers were defined as “fascist spies”, but on the following 6 September, the Consul General in Lugano reported that “it is hard to believe that the conjectures of the communist newspaper correspond exactly to reality”. The conjecture came from an alleged letter sent by one of his mates from Milan to Luigi Bertoni (never published in “Risveglio anarchico” in Geneva but intercepted by the communist newspaper) which stated that fifteen victims of persecution could not live so well in Switzerland, in luxury and using their newspaper “Vogliamo!” (Biasca - Lugano, 1929-1931) “to pull the wool over people’s eyes”. For the communist newspaper, this was an evidence. From the police documents it appeared that the letter was from Eugenio Macchi, but he denied this authorship in “L’Adunata dei refrattari” from 27 September 1930, resumed in Lugano by “Libera Stampa”. Vella later returned to Milan, where he sold paintings to make a living until the late 1930s. After WW2, while maintaining relations with the anarchic movement, he devoted himself almost exclusively to artistic activities. In 1945 he joined the art group “15 Borgonuovo” and participated in the group exhibition of the then Triennale di Milano. In 1949 he was present at the first international Turin Art Club exhibition and at the contemporary art exhibition organised by the Venice Biennale together with the Palermo and Catania Art Clubs. In 1955 he exhibited at the “Trenta pittori attuali” exhibition at Galleria del Fiore in Milan, and in the following years he continued to participate in important exhibitions of figurative art. He died in Milan on 17 November 1973. (A. Ciampi)
- Attilio Vella (1901-1973)
- Titre de l'oeuvre d'art
- Senza titolo
- Huile sur toile
- Signé à la main
- Excellent état
- Dimensions totales
- 30×40×2 cm