Close to Magic Realism and the symbolic style of the Vienna Secession, Felice Casorati was a prominent figure of Italian art in the 20th
century. Intrigued by the decadent atmosphere of Turin after WWI, he moved to the city in 1919 and quickly became a main protagonist of local intellectual circles. After his rupture with the avant-garde figuration of the beginning of the century, the geometry and formal simplicity of his works from the 20s exhibited a certain return to order. While drawing inspiration from Renaissance masters (Giotto, Pierro Della Francesca, Masaccio…), Casorati forged a modern formal language with sometimes abstract and dreamlike elements. The artist skillfully combined the concept of classicism with modernity and realism in his interest in ordinary aspects of daily life, and with symbolism, in the transcending desire of his protagonists.