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Marino Marini
1901 - 1980
stamped with the raised initials MM
chiselled and painted bronze
height: 45.5cm., 17 7/8 in.
Conceived and cast in bronze in 1953 in an edition of 7.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by the Fondazione Marino Marini.


Galleria dello Scudo, Milan
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1980


Patrick Waldberg, Herbert Read & Gualtieri di San Lazzaro, Marino Marini, Complete Works, New York, 1970, no. 307, illustration of another cast p. 369
Carlo Pirovano, Marino Marini, Scultore, Milan, 1972, no. 312, illustration of another cast n.p.
Sam Hunter & David Finn, Marino Marini, The Sculpture, New York, 1993, n.n., illustration of another cast pp. 214-5
Fondazione Marino Marini (ed.), Marino Marini, Catalogue raisonné of sculptures, Milan, 1998, no. 393, colour illustration of another cast p. 275

Catalogue Note

From 1952 Marino Marini embarked on a series of nine sculptures relating to the theme of jugglers and acrobats, including the present cast, Giocoliere. The artist used the theme of the juggler as a catalyst for an exploration of movement and form, most evident in this work in the strong juxtaposition between the opposing vertical and horizontal forces of the two figures. This joyful motif contrasts with the tragic theme of the rider collapsing from a horse, on which the artist was simultaneously working. However, the formal chasm that unites, rather than separates, the rearing horse to the collapsing rider finds an echo in the dynamic energy that emanates from the expressive form and colour in the jugglers. It is precisely this combination of visual keenness and chromatic frenzy that animates these works, leading Giovanni Carandente to say of the sculptures: ‘In those nine models - one could say - Marini reached the apex of his expression’ (Giovanni Carandente, Marino Marini: Catalogue raisonné of the Sculptures, p. 18).

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