Piero Fornasetti, Umbrella Stand, Screen-Printed Metal, circa 1960, Italy

Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), Umbrella stand,
Screen-printed metal decorated with tambourine and sticks,
"Fornasetti made in Italy" label on the back,
Unsigned,
circa 1960, Italy.

Measures : Height 61 cm , Width 43 cm, Depth 15,5 cm.

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Fornasetti does not wish to limit his artistic approach around painting but to extend it to all objects, surfaces or material. In 1940, he met Gio Ponti, an architect and designer with whom he collaborated for years. His meeting with the architect brings comfort in this artistic process. According to him, once the laws of design have been assimilated, everything "will then be possible: inventing, setting up an exhibition, doing architecture, advertising, acquiring the organization, the method." Piero Fornasetti's most frequent motifs are linked to fantastic architecture, card games, acrobats, harlequins, ruins, obelisks and trompe-l'oeil. The reproduction, its use of an infinite repertoire of visual sources, the collage and repetition of motifs, long before pop art, testify to the visionary aspect of Piero Fornasetti's approach.

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