New York

Guilio Aristide Sartorio

Shepard Gallery

Known as the Italian D. G. Rossetti, Guilio Aristide Sartorio, also seen at the Samuels’ résumé, is better understood in an exhibition of more than seventy of his drawings at the Shepherd Gallery. The exhibition throws some light on the evolution of Italian and Italo-Swiss Pointillism, a movement profoundly marked by Symbolist themes and Pre-Raphaelite prototypes. Our awareness of the group cannot be underestimated since such eminent figures as Previati, Segantini and Casorati emerge from it as does Umberto Boccioni who, as late as 1910, was still deeply committed to Symbolism. For my taste the Sartorio drawings of nubile girls and svelte youths signifying allegorical virtues with a certain decadent determination, are likeable if curiously unsure. The power of Sartorio as an artist is best realized in his public paintings such as the frescoes of the New Houses of Parliament in Rome painted between 1910 and 1913, a decoration perfectly pendant to the Umbertine taste of the Victor Emmanuel monument.

Robert Pincus-Witten