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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Anselmo Piccoli


Lydia
1959
oil on metal plate
other details unknown

Anselmo Piccoli (1915-1992), born in Rosario, was an Argentine Abstract artist. Although he was politically active as a Socialist during secondary school, he found time to attend the local Gaspary Academy to be trained as a painter. His work was awarded at a competition in Rosario in 1941 and he joined the Independent Artists' Group, a local guild in 1942. The following year, he was awarded his first personal art exhibition at Rosario's prestigious Juan B. Castagnino Fine Arts Museum.

He married Lydia Langbart in 1944, devoted himself to family and, though he continued to paint, his art show appearances became less frequent. He was awarded numerous prestigious prizes, notably the inclusion in 1954 of a selection of his work at the Emilio Caraffa Fine Arts Museum in Cordoba. His technique continued to evolve during this interim and, creating a portrait of his wife Lydia in 1959, his use of geometry marked a clear trend in his work towards Constructivism.