Emilio Vedova (1919-2006) was one of the most prominent writers and painters in Italy after World War II. A self-taught artist, Emilio Vedova decided early on in his career to focus on the human condition and social injustice.

Emilio Vedova (1919-2006) Emilio Vedova (1919-2006)

Influenced by Expressionism, Vedova joined the Corrente group in 1942. The collective included the Italian artist Renato Guttuso and Renato Birolli. In Fascist Italy, the work of Vedova was deemed subversive. In 1943, when Germany seized power in Italy, Vedova and many other Italian artists formed a resistance.

Vedova in Venice in 2003 Vedova in Venice in 2003

Post-War, Emilio Vedova continued his engagement with this group of artists. In 1946, he co-signed the manifesto "Fronte Nuovo delle Arti" manifesto. During this time, the debate between realism and abstraction raged on. Vedova's work portrayed themes of violence, his works still dominated by black. His series of works with such explosive names as Black, Geometrics, Explosion, Battle, Europe, Concentration Camp are a living testimony of political revolt and denunciation that animated his work throughout his life.

Emilio Vedova Choc des situations, 1959 Estimate: 80 000 - 100 000 EUR Emilio Vedova Choc des situations, 1959
Estimate: 80 000 - 100 000 EUR

Fidesarte has an impressive work by Vedova, entitled Choc des situation (Clash of situations) was composed using dark colours with a few touches of blue and yellow. Created in 1959, this painting is part of the European avant-garde.

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