Alberto Savinio

1891-1952

Alberto Savinio, pen name of Andrea Francesco Alberto de Chirico, was born in Athens in 1891, he was an Italian writer, painter and composer.

After his father’s death in 1905, his family moved to Munich after staying in Venice and Milan. For a short time Andrea de Chirico studied counterpoint to Max Reger; he also studied the philosophy of Otto Weininger, Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Because of the failure of his compositions, he moved in 1911 to Paris, where he met many members of the artistic avant-garde such as Pablo Picasso, Blaise Cendrars, Francis Picabia, Jean Cocteau, Max Jacob and Guillaume. Together with his brother he will attend this cultural and artistic milieu, becoming a friend of Guillaume Apollinaire.

In 1915 he returned back to Italy with his brother Giorgio. In Florence and Ferrara they come into contact with Filippo De Pisis and Carlo Carrà. In 1917 Alberto was sent to Thessaloniki (he was part of the infantry).

After the end of the first World War he arrived in Rome, he joined the group of “Valori Plastici”, becoming one of the leading theorists at the passage from metaphysics to “return to order”.

In 1924 Alberto Savinio is one of the founders of the Art Theatre, directed by Luigi Pirandello.

Shortly after Savinio left Italy to go to Paris, starting a love – hate relationship with his surrealist friends. In 1926 he married Maria Morino. They will have two son: Angelica (1928) and Roger (1934). He moved with his wife to Paris, where he devoted himself to painting.

In 1933 Alberto Savino finally get back in Italy and in 1934 he started to work with the magazine “La Stampa” and then also with “Corriere della sera” and “Corriere d’informazione”.

Since 1934 he moved to Rome, where he spent the rest of his life. In this period he worked also as a playwright and director of works for theater. He died in 1952.

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