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The Father of Modern Mosaic: Gino Severini

On 16, Apr 2012 | 8 Comments | In Uncategorized | By Nancie

He likened the way a mosaicist works to how Cezanne selected brush strokes for his masterful paintings.  He was a founding member of the Futurist movement and mingled with the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani and Cocteau.  He was a philosopher, writing papers and tracts on mosaic that explore the intersections between the art, its physical components and the soul of the maker.

Gino Severini (1883 – 1966) is called “The Father of Modern Mosaic.”  Find out why in this thoroughly engaging and well researched paper by Ilona Jesnick originally published in the 6th edition of Andamento, the journal of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM).

BTW, we are now in our second reading of this edition of Andamento which we wolfed down in the first pass.  More of what we loved:

  • Charles Lutyens: Angels of the Heavenly Host – An Epiphany in St Paul’s Church, Bow
  • Katie Hellon: A brilliant and complex collaboration – The Hans Unger-Eberhard Schulze Mosaic Studio
  • Pierre Palayan: The Reredos of St Paul’s Catherdral, Melbourne – Nineteeth-Century ‘Medieval Art’ in Australia

Great writing.  Wonderful illustrations.  Buy it here.  Better yet, consider becoming a member of this BAMM.

Have any thoughts on Gino Severini?  Why not share them with fellow MAN readers and Comment below?

Enjoy – Nancie

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  1. George Fishman

    WONderful article! Because he had hands-on experience and close friendships, I think Severini could collaborate with such mosaicists as Roberto Rocchi in Ravenna and design for the medium in a more intimate way than others, for whom it was “just” a way of translating from paint to glass and stone.

  2. Fab article. Totally impressive presentation.

    • Nancie

      Agreed, Helen. This is a great paper and I’m so glad Ilona and BAMM were willing to share it on MAN.

  3. Fantastic Work! Loved “Severini The Teacher”..He really wanted mosaics to be a recognized art form. My favorite quote “I would like a mosaic to be made as a mosaic and not a painting translated into a mosaic”
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article!!

    • Nancie

      You’re very welcome, Neida. Ilona’s research is wonderful. We’ll be doing more on Severini here on MAN in the future.

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