24 Oct-30 Nov 2004. The 40 works on show illustrate the artists production from the 1950s to the 1970s.
In the inaccessible wilds of Parioli, in an inaccessible marble and glass apartment of the 1930s, you will find a treasure trove of paintings by one of the best, if not the best of Italys modern women painters (Bice Lazzari was born in Venice in 1900 and died in Rome in 1981). Contemporary women painters here are mostly "lady painters" refined, knowledgeable but in the end sweetly decorative. By contrast Lazzari, though subtle, had gust and drive and was called "Steel Butterfly" by Lorenza Trucchi, one of Italys most venerable modern critics.
She comes from the same generation as Fontana, Melotti, Turcato etc., who against the niceties of fascist and / or futurist art, and the left-wing realism after world war two, dared to venture into a bright new abstraction, sharp and inventive, but intrinsically Italian. For market reasons few of them are as internationally known as they deserve.
Here fine wedges, severe or loose lines, balanced or tumbling conceits of shapes, are rendered in muted colour. The compositions of splinters and the webs are both taut and airy. The play of elements is deeply thought out, yet it fairly sings in a final, intuitive harmony.