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Enrico Baj





 

 

Enrico Baj
 

(b Milan, 31 Oct 1924).

Italian painter, sculptor and collagist. He studied painting at the Accademia di Brera, Milan (1945–8), while also studying law at the university there. Although at first influenced by Matisse, in 1951 with Sergio Dangelo (b 1931) he founded ARTE NUCLEARE, which sought, through gestural means similar to Tachism, to express the precariousness of the post-war situation and to revive the avant-garde. Increasingly interested in impasto and surface textures, Baj produced his first collages and assemblages in 1955. In the Curious Couple (1956; Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie) he combined torn fabric, paper, glass and oil paint in a rather tentative fashion to form the rough, massive puppet-like heads that recur in his work. Following a return to impasto surfaces in the Mountains series (1957–8), he combined texture and objets trouvés in his Generals series (1959–61). For example, in War Hero (collage, 1959; Chicago, IL, Mus. Contemp. A.) he used fabric, paper, ribbons and a medal. The Generals have ill-defined figures with truncated limbs, and their flattened and brightly patterned bodies are adorned with a variety of actual military insignia. The versatility of Baj’s technique led at this time to contacts with such contemporaries as Arman, Piero Manzoni and Yves Klein and with figures associated with Surrealism such as André Breton and Marcel Duchamp.

 



 


Herrenrutti


 

Untitled


 

Busto

1969



 

Personage
1970


 

The golden Roll-Dragster

1985



 

Puttana


 

Personnage decore

1963



 

Maternitа
1973


 

Children
1956


 

The General


 

The Bum Manifesto
1952


 

Two Nuclear Forms
1952


 

Fire! Fire!, Al fuoco, al fuoco
1963


 

Amours III
1965


 

Teardrops of general Dayan
1965


 

Man
1970


 

Woman
1970


 


Apocalypse
1979
(assemblage
)

 


Untitled


 

Untitled


 

Flavius Valerius Constantinus Chlorus


 

Erotismo Militare
1980


 

Due Volti
1986


 

Marionette

1985


 

Untitled


 

Animale dal grande becco


 

Tokai


 

Untitled


 

Le plus beau du quartier


 

Composition Lirique


 

Untitled


 

Portrait


 

Untitled


 

Composition


 

Portrait


 

Fleur


 

Untitled


 

Femme assise - seated woman


 

Dames et generaux


 

Dames et generaux


 

Face on red fond


 

Personaggio

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