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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.
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Enjoy – Nancie