Fausto Pirandello Awakening c.1948

Artwork details

Artist
Fausto Pirandello 1899–1975
Title
Awakening
Il risveglio
Date c.1948
Medium Oil paint on plywood
Dimensions Support: 650 x 880 x 33 mm
frame: 868 x 950 x 80 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Pierluigi Pirandello, the artist's son 1989
Reference
T05707
Not on display

Display caption

In Awakening Pirandello presents the female body in a state of transformation, from relaxation to alertness. The gaping yawn and arching back reveal the physical responses to returning consciousness. The woman's body is cramped in a small space from which she threatens to stretch out. Pirandello uses a high viewpoint and angular outlines which reflect the influence of Cubism on realist painting in the late 1940s. The awakening nude may also carry implications of a post-war rebirth of Italian culture.

July 2005