Bice LAZZARI (1900 - 1981)

Bice Lazzari (b. 1900, Venice – d. 1981, Rome) was one of the most innovative Italian abstractionists of the 20th century. Described as the “Agnes Martin” of Italy, she was largely unknown outside the country of her birth, despite her significant contributions to abstract and minimal art. 

 

Lazzari began her training in Venice during the 1920s. As a woman, she was advised not to pursue figurative drawing and instead became a designer, forging a successful career in the applied arts. 

 

In 1935 Lazzari moved to Rome, where she became immersed in the Italian art scene, receiving commissions from Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa. In the 50s she returned to painting, creating abstract compositions which encompassed the gestural techniques of Art informel.

 

Lazzari worked with oil paint until 1964 when she was forced to stop due to the damaging effects to her eyesight. Forced to retrain with a new medium - acrylic paint - she turned to hard-edge abstraction. It was in the last 15 years of her life that she arguably made her most important works, and certainly some of the most important works made by a woman artist of the time. 

 

In 2013 The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C held the major solo exhibition Bice Lazzari: Signature Line. Her work is included in notable private and public collections worldwide.