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GIO COLUCCI (Italian / 1892-1974)

The painter, printmaker, sculptor and ceramicist Gio Colucci (sometimes known in France as Géo Colucci) was born in Florence, and died in Paris. He studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, after which he went to Egypt to practice as an architect in Cairo (Édouard-Joseph says he was also born in Egypt, but we believe this to be an error). His older brother was the writer and publisher Guido Colucci, born in Naples; Guido and Gio collaborated on a number of books to which Guido furnished the texts and Gio the illustrations. As a printmaker, Gio Colucci produced both etchings and wood engravings. In 1917 he travelled to Africa, and turned to painting. From 1921 he showed his etchings a the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and also showed work at the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Surindépendants alongside Gleizes, Herbin, Delaunay, and others. His work in the 1920s was in an expressive Symbolist style, akin to that of Henry Chapront, who wrote of Colucci in Papyrus, March 1930: "Ses eaux-fortes, outrancières et bien mordues, sont parfois surchargées de symbolisme. Ses compositions pour 'Bonheur du monde' de François Turpin, révèlent une vision fantastique du machinisme." Besides Bonheur du monde, Gio Colucci made memorable series of etchings for works by Barbey d'Aurevilly, Pierre Loti, Maupassant, and Octave Mirbeau. Gio Colucci took up ceramics in 1929, and concentrated on pottery during WWII, which he spent in Provence. In 1956 Gio Colucci and Gino Severini founded the École d'Art Italien. There was a retrospective of the art of Gio Colucci in New York in 1959, in which year he also exhibited at the Quadriennale in Rome. Despite this success, he died in poverty. The contents of his atelier were auctioned at Drouot-Richelieu in 1994.

See also:

HENRY CHAPRONT

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