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Armando
Spadini

Italia 
1883−1925
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The son of an artisan, studied since childhood the art of ceramics.

He studied initially at the School of art in Florence. From 1898 he frequented the free School "del Nudo" of the Academy of fine arts, where he met Giovanni Fattori, Ardengo Soffici and Adolfo de Carolis.

Spadini worked as a ceramist, Illustrator and painter of frescoes.

In 1901 he receives the second prize in the contest Alinari.

In 1903-05 Spadini, after military service, returned to Florence.

In 1908 Spadini marries the artist Pasqualina cervone, a famous student of the school, and colour, and with her moved to Rome in 1910.

In 1909 he won the national prize "Pensionato Artistico", and the following year went to Rome. There he became friends with the critic Emilio Cecchi who had also come to Rome from Florence and presented Spadini informal literary and artistic group "the Third room" gathered in the famous third room of the cafe "Arango".

The first Roman years, marked by economic difficulties.

After the first exhibition "Pensionato Artistico" (1912), he participated in exhibitions of Session in Rome in 1913 and in 1915, his painting praised, even among the avant-garde.

Drafted again into the army in 1917, he was the reserve, ill with nephritis, which contributed to his early death.

He moved with his wife and children in a cottage in Parioli, then on the outskirts of Rome, where he was often visited by friends artists and writers Cecchi, Baldini, Cardarelli, Papini, Soffici, and Ungaretti, oppo, de Chirico and Bartoli. It is the center of artistic life, are literary and musical evenings.

After the initial success he has participated in all major exhibitions – in addition to Sessional participated in the collective show at the "Casina Valadier" in Rome and the exhibition of Italian art in Zurich (1918), "Primaverile Fiorentina" (1922) and in 1924 at the Venice Biennale, where he showed at least 50 of his works.

In 1920, thanks to the interest of Quetta, who devotes to him in the same year, a short monograph, he receives an invitation to head the Department at the Academy in Florence, but refuses to leave Rome.

Then the Municipality of Rome will lend him the Studio "all"Uccelliera" on the Villa Borghese.

The growing interest in his paintings and brings financial success, while health begins to deteriorate.

In 1920, the year of Spadini appointed academician of the Academy of arts of St. Luke and the following year Chairman of the Committee Roman Biennale (1921-25).

In 1923 he participated in the exhibition of Italian art in Buenos Aires.

Up to about 1910, the works of Spadini were under the influence of currents "muccioli" and "preraphaelite". In the years of the Session he turned to impressionism

Spadini believe the most important thing a follower of impressionism in Rome. On his paintings, however, were influenced by artists of the Munich Session, which became famous in Italy thanks to the German illustrated weekly "Art and life of youth" (Kunst und Leben Jugend) and the participation of German artists at the Venice Biennale.

This effect is obvious in such paintings as "Portrait of Signora de Carolis with her daughters" (1908, Piacenza) or "Music on the Pincio" (1913, Rome) .

In 1924, at the XIV Venice Biennale the works of Spadini presented in a separate "private" room. In the same year he was present at the exhibition "Carnegie Exhibition" in Pittsburgh, he collaborates with the magazine Soffici "Gallery". His friends oppo, Baldini, Checchi and Soffici devote a monograph.

After the death of Spadini in 1930 in the Roman gallery held a major solo exhibition of the artist organized by P. M. Bardi.

His innate talent, respect for the old masters and typically Italian sensibility made him one of the most popular painters of the first quarter of the 20th century.

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