Enrico Baj. Italian (1924-2003). 'Woman'
Lithograph. Signed and numbered: XXII/L.
(Reference 534i) SOLD
This depiction of ‘Woman’ is one of unleashed and unrestrained JOY. It is magical in its exuberance and natural lust for life: a wonderful evocation of womanhood.
Enrico Baj was born in Milan on 31st October 1924. He became a painter, writer, sculptor and graphic artist. He was central in the avant-garde artistic movement in the 1950s and met issues of his time without compromise, from Nuclear War to Silvio Berlusconi.
Baj studied at the Brera Academy where he took a law degree whilst simultaneously studying Art in Milan. In 1951, he co-founded the ‘Nuclear Art Movement’, making reference to fears of ‘annihilation’. From 1955 Baj began making collage involving highly patterned backgrounds, bitterly satirising the powerful, especially the military with a series of enjoyable Generals. He was close to the pioneers of Surrealism and Dada, having important friendships with Man Ray, Marcel Duchamps and Max Ernst. With Duchamps he worked on a provocative version of the Mona Lisa.
Baj’s publications include: Kiss Me, I’m Italian, (1997). He had five children from two marriages.