Fortunato Depero Italy
3-30-1892 Fondo, ITA –11-29-1960 Rovereto, ITABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Fortunato Depero was an ambitious futurist painter, writer, sculptor, and graphic designer. His interest in poetry gave rise to a number of publications which enable him to be considered, not only a great painter, but also one of the most interesting Italian poets of the early 20th century.
Fortunato Depero grew up in Rovereto and it was here he first began exhibiting his works, while serving as an apprentice to a marble worker. It was on a 1913 trip to Florence that he discovered a copy of the paper Lacerba and an article by one of the founders of the futurism movement, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Depero was inspired, and in 1914 moved to Rome and met fellow futurist Giacomo Balla. In 1919 Depero founded the "Casa d'Arte Futurista" (House of Futurist Art) in Rovereto, which specialized in producing toys, tapestries and furniture in the futurist style.
In 1925 he represented the futurists at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. 1928 saw Depero move to New York City, where he experienced a degree of success, doing costumes for stage productions and designing covers for magazines including The New Yorker and Vogue, among others.
In 1930 he returned to Italy. In the 1930s and 40s Depero continued working, although due to futurism being linked with fascism, the movement started to wane. The artistic development of the movement in this period can mostly be attributed to him and Balla. After the end of the Second World War, Fortunato Depero had trouble with authorities in Europe and in 1947 decided to try New York again. This time he found the reception not quite as welcoming.
From the winter of 1947 to late October 1949 Fortunato Depero lived in a cottage in New Milford, Connecticut, relaxing and continuing with his long-standing plans to open a museum. After New Milford, Depero returned to Rovereto, where he would live out his days. In August 1959 Galleria Museo Depero opened, fulfilling one of his long-term ambitions.
Art Movement: Futurism