catalogue of the works
Sassu Suarez Ferri
Fondazione Aligi Sassu
1934 is the year of Sassu's first trip to Paris, when he
studies the great artists of the French Nineteenth
century and meets a variety of personalities of the
European culture of those years.
We can find a renewal of the themes, of the colours and
the style, the city is not melancholic and desolated
anymore, but it becomes the place for social and daily
Women and men are represented in Caffès
or on the street, wearing the typical clothes of the
period and with a new interest for details, with much
more interaction among characters than in Uomini
rossi. It is the beginning of realism, which will
soon become social realism with Corrente.
1936 Aligi Sassu had already started his realist period
but he suggests the subject of the argonauts again. It
is clear how in a few years there has been an important
artistic maturation, encouraged by the study of
Delacroix and Gericault in the Parisian museums. Despite
the fact that the theme, the background and the idea of Uomini
rossi are the same of the previous years, here we
are in front of a completely different type of painting,
in which shapes are not just posed on the background but
begin to fuse in a harmony of colours and shapes. The
scenes become more articulate and the characters start
to have some interaction.
the first painting on display with the most recognizable
horses by Sassu.
"The horses by De Chirico are the symbol of an
antique primitiveness, where they represent instinct.
The horses by Sassu are, on the other hand, romantic.
They represent the ideal impulse, the human request for
fighting any interior or exterior adversity. The horse
and the horsemen here represented by Sassu, this couple
of antique horsemen, vibrate frenetically in a stormy
and fiery environment. They fight adversities with the
heroism of the strong." (Barletta, 1980)
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