Antonio Cutino and 20th-Century Palermo

In the Footsteps of Tradition

  • Edited by Giacomo Fanale
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Size 23,5 x 28 cm
  • Pages 128
  • Illustrations 90
  • Language Italian, English
  • Year 2019
  • ISBN 9788836645350
  • Price € 22,00  € 18,70
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Abstract

In re-examining the vast oeuvre – paintings, drawings, and commercial graphic art – of Antonio Cutino (New York, 1905 – Palermo, 1984), one is surprised by the absolute consistency of his vision throughout nearly all of the 20th century. Even if he is not considered a major artist, he succeeded, in the name of tradition, in developing a personal, recognisable style, almost ‘timeless’ in many ways. Over the course of decades, he appears to have refined his skills, specialising in portraits, mostly of women; landscapes clearly influenced by 19th-century art; and still lifes.
Beginning in the late 1920s, parallel to his activity as a painter, Cutino created a truly impressive number of graphic works – posters, flyers, labels, signs, and logos, as well as book jackets and illustrations – adapting to the demands of his clientele with results of remarkable quality and an ability to communicate visually with great immediacy.

Palermo, Villa Malfitano Whitaker, November 2019 - January 2020