Simone Butti

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Simone Butti

Paolo Bolpagni (Editor)

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The artistic path of Simone Butti (1912-2002) is exemplary of an absolute coherence to an ideal of rigor and simplicity. His debut dates back to the early forties, with works based on a naturalism close to the canons of the Novecento group, but declined according to clarist atmospheres and a suffused luminism. After the war, Butti's style began to change, and a long evolution led him, after several experiments and studies, to develop a calm and rigorous abstractionism, but not lacking in energy and dynamism: a painting that does not represent visible reality, but that takes its cue from it and sublimates it into infinite variations of basic geometric and chromatic elements. It is an elegant and poetic "music of the forms", which blends in itself multiple models: from the lesson of the comaschi Rho and Radice to the Concretism of the thirties, from the first-twentieth-century sources to the futurist air painting. From his shy and secluded angle of observation, Butti has thus been able to interpret international trends in autonomous and not limited terms, looking at the complex artistic upheavals of the 20th century with originality and without provincialism. This book traces the whole career for the first time: over seventy years of love for painting. Introduced by an in-depth historical-critical essay, the volume presents itself as a consistent contribution to a general catalog, presenting the color reproductions of several hundred works, followed by a rich series of apparatuses, which include a detailed biography, an anthology of writings on Butti, the list of exhibitions and the complete bibliography on the artist.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Simone Butti
Original languageItalian
PublisherBAMS Edizioni
Number of pages200
ISBN (Print)9788897941026
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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