The paintings here include the well-known cycle Situazioni, which is so close to the poetics of arte informale.
The exhibition continues with paintings from the 1960s, in which one can see a shift towards a poetics of greater measure and equilibrium, then concludes with signficant works from the late period in the artist’s career, when rarefied lyricism was combined with a certain esprit de geometrie.
Born on 15 November 1900 in Venice, Bice Lazzari studied at the Conservatory and the Academia di Belle Arti, following a course in the decorative arts. In the following years, her exploration of this sector would result in the development of an early type of abstract language, exemplified in the work exhibited at Bevilacqua La Masa in 1931 and in the Decorative Arts section of the 1934 Venice Biennale. In 1935 the artist moved to Rome, where she would remain until her death. Up to the end of the 1940s Lazzari worked on numerous large and small-scale decorative schemes for public and private clients. In 1950 she would a prize at the Venice Biennale with the mosaic La Vanità, produced by Gino Novello and subsequently part of the Ca’ Pesaro collection. The 1950s also saw the artist develop her own personal interpretation of arte informale, producing the deeply-felt lyricism of the Situazioni and the Racconti. Thereafter, the geometry of the work would give way before the expressive demands of paint and colour themselves. Working less because of an eye disease, in 1964-78 the artist produced a new cycle inspired by a ‘return to order’: lines and sequences prevail in constructions that show clear analogies with music. The quality and coherence of Lazzari’s work was meanwhile being recognised in a number of prestigious shows, including one held in Venice in 1970 and curated by Giuseppe Mazzariol. She died in Rome on 13 November 1981. Bice Lazzari’s works are to be seen in major Italian museums and important private collections.