This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition Osvaldo Licini: Rebellious Angel, held at the Estorick Collection in 2023.

Osvaldo Licini (1894-1958) produced some of the most distinctive and idiosyncratic imagery in the history of twentieth-century Italian art. His early years were spent in Bologna, where he met Giorgio Morandi and experienced a fleeting interest in Futurism. Between 1917 and 1926 he divided his time between Italy and Paris, moving in the avant-garde circles of artists such as Modigliani and Picasso. On returning to Italy in the mid-1920s he established himself as a figurative painter of portraits and landscapes. However, early the following decade he abruptly changed direction and adopted a geometric-abstract vocabulary, developing a style infused with a sense of playfulness and poetry recalling that of Paul Klee. Together with artists such as Lucio Fontana and Fausto Melotti, Licini showed work at Milan’s important Il Milione gallery, and was associated with the international Abstraction Création group.

Having always been ill-disposed toward Mussolini’s regime, during the Second World War Licini withdrew into the isolation of his hometown of Monte Vidon Corrado, in the rolling landscape of Italy’s Marche region. There, his style once again underwent a dramatic shift, and he embarked on a series of highly imaginative works populated by fantastical characters such as ‘rebellious angels’, ‘flying Dutchmen’ and an enigmatic, moon-like presence he named ‘Amalassunta’. Licini died in 1958, the year of a major exhibition of his work at the Venice Biennale, where he was recognised as a modern master.

The catalogue includes all the works featured in the exhibition as well as essays from exhibition curator Mattia Patti with an introduction from Roberta Cremoncini (Director, Estorick Collection).

Paperback: 52 pages
Publisher: Estorick Foundation (2023)

Prices exclude postage and packing costs which will be calculated and added on checkout.

Price: £12.95

Terms & Conditions

Delivery Times

We are aware that there are currently significant delays in the postal system so please allow longer than usual for your order to arrive.

Orders from the EU/EEA

Please note that parcels with a value over €22 sent to addresses within the EU/EEA may be subject to import duty and other local taxes and charges. These charges will be due on arrival in the destination country and must be paid by the customer before delivery.

Related products

Osvaldo Licini: Rebellious Angel - Set of 4 Postcards

Go to the shop

Rebellious Angel with Red Heart Greetings Card

Go to the shop

The Enchanted Room: Modern Works from the Pinacoteca di Brera

Go to the shop