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    Alberto Viani (1906-1989), Italy

    Nudo
    1952
    White Carrara marble sculpture
    47.24 inches high x 35 inches wide x 24 inches deep


    This Nudo by the renowned Italian sculptor Alberto Viani was executed in 1952 of fine Carrara marble, done in the female nude form for which Viani made famous in the mid-20th Century. At over 47 inches in height, this 35-inch wide sculpture captures the free-flowing style he mastered as the assistant to Arturo Martini at the Academy of Fine Art in Venice. He succeeded Martini as Professor of Sculpture at the Academy in 1946 and became a leader in the modern sculpting community, a co-founder of the Fronte Nuovo Del Arte in Italy in 1947.

    Born in 1906 at Quistello, Italy, Viani was awarded international prizes for sculpture after the Second World War. With his celebration and interpretation of the female torso as he so well demonstrates here with Nudo, Viani was a leader in the resurgence of Italian modern art after the war. His slow and rhythmic style led to a synthesis of the human profile into perhaps one of his finest works here.

    Alberto Viani died in 1989 leaving a legacy unsurpassed in the modern sculpting world. His works, especially his female nudes were celebrated in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in Rome as well as in Venice. With his works being widely published from Tokyo to Los Angeles and throughout Europe, he took the sculpting of Carrara marble through the modern era of the medium's 2,000-year history like no other artist could. A 2006 exhibition of 56 of his works in Matera, Italy conducted with the cooperation of the late artist's daughter Eva, included examples similar to Nudo and was celebrated worldwide.

    Provenance:
    Acquired from the sculptor in 1965.


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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