Francesco Clemente

born 1952

Francesco Clemente, ‘Midnight Sun II’ 1982
Midnight Sun II 1982
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Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Francesco Clemente’ 1985
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Francesco Clemente 1985
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Francesco Clemente (born 23 March 1952) is an Italian contemporary artist. He has lived at various times in Italy, in India, and in New York City. Some of his work is influenced by the traditional art and culture of India. He has worked in various artistic media including drawing, fresco, graphics, mosaic, oils and sculpture. He was among the principal figures in the Italian Transavanguardia movement of the 1980s, which was characterised by a rejection of Formalism and conceptual art and a return to figurative art and Symbolism.

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Italian neo-expressionist group formed in the late 1970s

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