By Anne Leader
Italian modernist Mario Sironi died on 13 August 1961 in Milan. A native of Sardinia, Sironi grew up in Rome where he came to know Futurist Giacomo Balla. Sironi was also friends with Futurist Umberto Boccioni, with whom he shared an apartment in Paris in 1906. Though he did not fully ascribe to the movement, Sironi exhibited his work with the Futurists through 1922.
After abandoning Futurism, Sironi returned to more ordered figuration. Sironi worked as a caricaturist for the main Fascist newspaper through 1943, and from the 1930s preferred large-scale public art to easel paintings, which he saw as elitist and unable to reach the masses. In the postwar period, Sironi isolated himself because of his political affiliations and took up easel painting, producing many works until his death in 1961.
Reference: Emily Braun. “Sironi, Mario.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.
L’architettura o Il lavoro in città, 1932-4.
L’Italia corporativa, 1936. mosaic on concrete, 350 by 565 cm. Palazzo dell’Informazione, Milan.
Testa futurista, 1913. Civic Museum of Contemporary Art, Milan.
Madre che cuce, 1905-6. Private Collection.