Artist biography

Gerardo Dottori 1884-1977

Italian Futurist painter and pioneer of 'Aeropittura'. Born in Perugia. Began to paint c.1904-5 and studied at the Perugia Academy; tried to free himself from the academic teaching by painting in the countryside. Joined the Futurist movement in 1913 but only began to work in a fully Futurist style from c.1914, producing landscapes and abstract compositions of rhythmical forms influenced by Balla and Boccioni. First one-man exhibition at the Casa d'Arte Bragaglia, Rome, 1920. From c.1920 became preoccupied with the theme of landscape viewed from high above and distorted by the effects of speed, as if seen from an aeroplane. Signed the Manifesto dell'Aeropittura with Balla, Depero, Marinetti, Prampolini and others in 1929. Lived 1926-39 in Rome, working as a painter (his paintings including vast decorations in fresco and some religious compositions), and as journalist and critic. Taught 1939-67 at the Perugia Academy; Director 1940-7. He continued to paint in a Futurist idiom up to the time of his death. Died in Perugia.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.176