Painter and printmaker Emilio Vedova was born on this day in 1919 in Venice. A self-taught artist, Vedova’s earliest works were inspired by his hometown churches. Despite his interest in traditional architecture and Old Master painting, Vedova developed an abstract style that he often used to protest war and violence, having been inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937). Vedova died on October 25, 2006.

Image of Time (Barrier) (Immagine del tempo [Sbarramento]), 1951. Egg tempera on canvas. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553.162 © Emilio Vedova

Emilio Vedova

Ciclo 61/62 N.2, 1961-2, oil and collage on canvas, sold at Christie’s Milan, 2008

Emerging, 1983, mixed media on paper

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