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Bice Lazzari: Modernist Pioneer

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art / London / Art

The Venetian artist Beatrice “Bice” Lazzari was born in 1900. Though she first gravitated to music, at 16 she entered Venice’s Academy of Fine Arts. Lazzari studied design because painting was not an option. Its curriculum required life drawing—the study of nudes!—which for females was forbidden. In 1925, Lazzari pushed into painting anyway. Her landscapes showed an affinity with the Burano school of painters, and she began moving in artistic circles. When Carlo Scarpa and Mario Deluigi came to prominence in the 1930s, Lazzari was among those who broke from the figurative tradition (she also married Scarpa). Until her death in 1981, she was known for lyrical abstraction, as well as graphics and decoration. With 40 works on view, this exhibition casts light on a little known yet intriguing Italian modernist. —E.C.

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art 39A Canonbury Square, London N1 2AN, United Kingdom
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