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Francesco Clemente

Come face to face with Francesco Clemente’s fascinating self-portraits.

The Italian-American artist Francesco Clemente is one of the leading representatives of the postmodern Transavantgarde movement and Arte Cifra, the Italian version of Neo-Expressionism. Clemente’s travels, which find him frequently alternating among India, New York, and Europe, contribute to the remarkably multifaceted aspects of his works. The leitmotifs in his paintings and graphic works, which vacillate between a figurative and abstract approach, are the human body and echoes of Indian culture and philosophy. From his extensive oeuvre, this book focuses on Clemente’s enigmatic self-portraits and presents insights into his latest works. The book presents full-color reproductions of his recent pastels, watercolors, gouaches, and printed graphics, including important series like the Amalfi-Watercolors, the Tarots, and the twelve-part series From the Terreiro, which draws its subject from the poems of Adam Zagajewski, as well as a cycle of printed graphics focused on Alberto Savinio’s war diary, Departure of the Argonaut.

160 pages | 100 color plates | 9 3/4 x 11 1/4

Art: American Art, Art--General Studies, European Art


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