This catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition Renato Guttuso: Painter of Modern Life, held at the Estorick Collection in 2015.
Renato Guttuso (1911-1987) is one of Italy’s most widely respected modern painters. Towards the end of the 1930s his powerful brand of expressionist realism vividly conveyed the angst of a generation which wanted its art to reflect and engage with the urgency of contemporary life. Rejecting the formalism of abstract painting and the naturalism advocated by Fascism’s cultural establishment, Guttuso forged a style that would go on to dominate Italian art during the immediate post-war years.
The catalogue includes many of the works featured in the exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Galleria d’Arte Maggiore, Bologna, and an essay from Lara Pucci on Guttuso’s art of resistance.