Los Angeles

Fernando Farulli

Manhattan Galleries

This last winter Barbara Burke Lang was responsible for bringing the work of the Italian painter Fernando Farulli to the Manhattan Galleries for his first showing in this country. In late September he will be seen again in a one-man exhibition of his most recent drawings and paintings. The half dozen pieces at the gallery now are by far the most interesting works to be seen there. Farulli was born in Florence in 1923. Although he admires Jackson Pollock and has closely observed Picasso, his own spirit is basically humanistic, making him more in accord emotionally with the French Fauves. Specifically, it is Derain or Vlaminck who come first to one’s mind, but Farulli’s paintings are more intensely felt, more richly colored than those of either of these masters. As traces of cubism so often appear in Derain, the influences of Picasso are visible in Farulli’s work but cubist devices are used freely and for expressive rather than analytical ends. Although one senses the draughtsmanship of the artist, it is his palette of rich greens, violets and blues that accounts for his individuality. Donna Al Bar, Donna Sola and Donna Sulla Spiaggia are all figure pieces into which has been fused much more than visual representation. His landscapes—Casa Fra Gli Ulivi and Piccola Periferia—are closer to Vlaminck and thereby closer to Cézanne, but again distinctly Italian, deep and rich in color. Photographs of the September show indicate that Farulli has recently moved further from the early 20th century sources to a far more personal humanism and intensity of image that may be quite exciting.

––Constance Perkins