Marino Marini

1901-1980

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Quote, estimation and price of the artist Marino Marini

Price of a painting: 2,600 – 930,000 €.

Estimation of a drawing: 250 – 151,000 €

Price of a sculpture: 1,300 – 3,400,000 €.

Estimation of a print: 20 – 1,300 €.

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The beginnings of Marino Marini

Marino Marini is a sculptor and painter born on 27 February 1901, he died on 6 August 1980 in Tuscany. At the age of 16 he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and from 1922 onwards he devoted himself mainly to sculpture, although he never gave up painting.

His work was then influenced by that of Arturo Martini. In 1929, Marini replaced Martini as professor at the Villa Reale in Monza near Milan, where he stayed until 1940. That year he was the chair of sculpture at the Brera Academy in Milan, where he remained for three years. He then left Italy for Switzerland and worked with many artists including Alberto Giacometti and Otto Bänninger.

Marino Marini and equestrian sculpture

In sculpture, Marini developed many themes such as equestrian statues, nudes, portraits and circus figures. He drew his inspiration from the traditions of Etruscan and Northern European sculpture to develop such techniques. His aim was to present mythical images by interpreting classical subjects through modern techniques.

He is particularly known for his series of stylised equestrian statues depicting a man on his horse with his arms outstretched. This theme, which appeared in his works from 1936 onwards and was constantly evolving, reflected the artist’s response to the changing context of the modern world. While the horse and its rider are initially formal and calm, the following years show a restless animal and a gesticulating figure.

In the artist’s later works, the rider is no longer seated on his horse, which falls to the ground in an apocalyptic and out of control image. This metaphorical vision is that of the growing despair in which Marini finds himself facing the future of the world.

Marino Marini, a renowned sculptor

At the 1948 Venice Biennale, where a room was dedicated to him, he met Curt Valentin, an American dealer who organised an exhibition for him at his gallery in New York in 1950. For the occasion, Marino Marini visited the city and met personalities such as Jean Arp, Jacques Lipchitz and Max Beckmann.

Upon his return to Europe, he stopped in London where the Gallery of Hanover organised a solo exhibition of his work. He met the sculptor Henry Moore.

In 1951, one of his exhibitions travelled across Germany. He was awarded the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the 1952 Venice Biennale and the Fletrinelli Prize from the Academy dei Lincei in Rome two years later.

A permanent installation was opened at the Modern Art Gallery in Milan in 1973. Today, there is a museum in Florence entirely dedicated to Marini.

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