The catalog of the exhibition held in Florence at the Museo
Novecento, from 18th March until 7th September 2022, investigates some key
themes of the artistic production of one of the most complex personalities of
the early twentieth century in Italy.
Often accused of pursuing a painting with a “decorative superficiality” of a
neo-impressionist matrix – due to the rapid and light brushstrokes and pleasant
color combinations – de Pisis has instead built many of his major paintings
through a game of references and references, autobiographical and cultural. This
complexity is evident in the careful and studied selection of works in which
the artist has adopted expedients such as the “picture within a picture”, the
mise en abyme of visual representation, the evocation of instruments of the
trade, the allegorical composition that sometimes functions as a rebus.