Primo Conti (October 16, 1900 – November 12, 1988) was an Italian Futurist artist. Conti was born in Florence. Between the ages of 8 and 9, he showed precocious talent in the fields of music, poetry and painting. In 1913 he met the Futurists. The 1920s were a complex period for Conti. He explored Mannerism, Exoticism, Pittura Metafisica, and great historical and religious painting, covering a vast area that can be compared with his keen interest in the theatrical and literary world of Luigi Pirandello, Massimo Bontempelli and Enrico Pea, which led him to found the Viareggio Prize in 1929.

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  • Primo Conti (October 16, 1900 – November 12, 1988) was an Italian Futurist artist. Conti was born in Florence. Between the ages of 8 and 9, he showed precocious talent in the fields of music, poetry and painting. In 1913 he met the Futurists. His attraction to the latest innovations was expressed in almost completely Futurist forms in his drawings, while he developed a unique style in his painting that was a mixture of Art Nouveau, Fauvism, Expressionism and Orphism. It was not until 1917, after meeting with Giacomo Balla in Rome, and with Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in Naples (who later enthusiastically praised Conti's book Imbottigliature which was about to be printed) that Conti became part of the Futurist movement. His contribution to the movement was not only his literary works, but also the paintings and drawings he produced between 1917 and 1919—the years in which his work was taking on the metaphysical style. The 1920s were a complex period for Conti. He explored Mannerism, Exoticism, Pittura Metafisica, and great historical and religious painting, covering a vast area that can be compared with his keen interest in the theatrical and literary world of Luigi Pirandello, Massimo Bontempelli and Enrico Pea, which led him to found the Viareggio Prize in 1929. The 1930s brought a series of alternating events that created problems in his private life and led to his celebrative paintings. The decade also saw his enforced adhesion to Fascism (joining the Partito Nazionale Fascista), and his inner rebellion against it which transpired from his refusal to join Margherita Sarfatti's Novecento Italiano group and from other episodes when he stepped out of line. New prospects were only opened up to him when he became involved in designing stage sets for the opera house with the foundation of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. By the 1940s, long before the official rediscovery (20 years later) of the Futurist movement, Conti was again working on Futurist subjects and experiments. From 1948 to 1963 he followed the rules of the Order of the Franciscans, though he still continued to paint. Many of his works are housed in the Museo Primo Conti (Primo Conti Foundation Museum ) in the Villa le Coste at Fiesole (near Florence). (en)
  • Umberto Primo Conti (* 16. Oktober 1900 in Florenz; † 13. November 1988 in Fiesole) war ein italienischer Maler und Schriftsteller des Futurismus und des Novecento. (de)
  • Primo Conti (né le 15 octobre 1900 à Florence et mort le 12 novembre 1988 (à 88 ans) à Fiesole) est un peintre futuriste italien. (fr)
  • Già ad otto anni iniziò ad interessarsi di pittura, ed un suo autoritratto dipinto all'età di 11 anni ebbe un notevole riscontro tra i critici. Nel 1913 compose l'opera musicale Romanza per violino e pianoforte ed ebbe un primo incontro con i futuristi fiorentini, dal quale scaturì in Conti un interessamento verso lo stile del movimento, che crebbe finché nel 1917, incontrando Giacomo Balla a Roma e Filippo Tommaso Marinetti a Napoli, decise di aderire al Movimento Futurista. Al Futurismo darà il suo contributo fondamentale con i dipinti e i disegni eseguiti tra il 1917 e il 1919, anno in cui il suo stile si evolse verso una visione metafisica. Nel 1930 sposò Munda Cripps, dalla quale ebbe due figlie; in questi anni le sue opere trassero ispirazione dalla vita familiare: Bambina e farfalla; Bambina con coniglio di gomma; Ritratto della moglie; Frutta dall'alto; Nudino. Dal 1935 al 1939 collaborò al Maggio Musicale Fiorentino con scenografie, bozzetti e costumi; nel 1941 divenne titolare della cattedra di pittura dell'Accademia di belle arti di Firenze. Dal 1947 al 1957 fu presidente della Società delle Belle Arti e in tale veste favorì la sua fusione (29 ottobre 1957) con il Circolo degli artisti di Firenze - Casa di Dante, presieduto dall'avvocato Renato Zavataro che ne assunse poi la presidenza dal 1958 al 1960. Tra il 1948 e il 1963 attraversò una profonda vocazione mistica ed entrò a far parte dell'Ordine Francescano. Nel 1983 pubblicò la sua autobiografia dal titolo La gola del merlo. (it)
  • Primo Conti (ur. 16 października 1900 we Florencji, zm. 12 listopada 1988) – włoski malarz związany z futuryzmem. Około roku 1917 poznał Giacomo Balla i Filippo Tommaso Marinetti; wkrótce stał się jednym z członków ruchu futurystycznego. W latach trzydziestych wstąpił do Narodowej Partii Faszystowskiej. Wiele jego prac znajduje się w Muzeum jego imienia w Fiesole, niedaleko Florencji. (pl)
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  • Umberto Primo Conti (* 16. Oktober 1900 in Florenz; † 13. November 1988 in Fiesole) war ein italienischer Maler und Schriftsteller des Futurismus und des Novecento. (de)
  • Primo Conti (né le 15 octobre 1900 à Florence et mort le 12 novembre 1988 (à 88 ans) à Fiesole) est un peintre futuriste italien. (fr)
  • Primo Conti (ur. 16 października 1900 we Florencji, zm. 12 listopada 1988) – włoski malarz związany z futuryzmem. Około roku 1917 poznał Giacomo Balla i Filippo Tommaso Marinetti; wkrótce stał się jednym z członków ruchu futurystycznego. W latach trzydziestych wstąpił do Narodowej Partii Faszystowskiej. Wiele jego prac znajduje się w Muzeum jego imienia w Fiesole, niedaleko Florencji. (pl)
  • Primo Conti (October 16, 1900 – November 12, 1988) was an Italian Futurist artist. Conti was born in Florence. Between the ages of 8 and 9, he showed precocious talent in the fields of music, poetry and painting. In 1913 he met the Futurists. The 1920s were a complex period for Conti. He explored Mannerism, Exoticism, Pittura Metafisica, and great historical and religious painting, covering a vast area that can be compared with his keen interest in the theatrical and literary world of Luigi Pirandello, Massimo Bontempelli and Enrico Pea, which led him to found the Viareggio Prize in 1929. (en)
  • Già ad otto anni iniziò ad interessarsi di pittura, ed un suo autoritratto dipinto all'età di 11 anni ebbe un notevole riscontro tra i critici. Nel 1913 compose l'opera musicale Romanza per violino e pianoforte ed ebbe un primo incontro con i futuristi fiorentini, dal quale scaturì in Conti un interessamento verso lo stile del movimento, che crebbe finché nel 1917, incontrando Giacomo Balla a Roma e Filippo Tommaso Marinetti a Napoli, decise di aderire al Movimento Futurista. (it)
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