• Portrait of Vinicio Salati

    Artist:
    Grundig, Hans. 1901-1958
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    90х73 cm

Grundig, Hans. 1901-1958

Portrait of Vinicio Salati

Germany, 1935-1936

Vinicio Salati (1908–1994) was a Swiss writer, translator and journalist who worked extensively in the press and on radio. He was editor of the Socialist newspaper Libera Stampa (1934–40). In 1936 Salati fought as a volunteer in the Spanish Civil War. In 1938 he received the Schiller Prize, a major Swiss literary award. Grundig first met Salati in Dresden in 1930 and in 1936 he visited him in Switzerland. For the artist, who had briefly escaped the stifling atmosphere of Nazi Germany, where he was barred from working, that meeting with a friend was a rare chance to talk freely and openly. He depicted Salati in a relaxed pose with his dangling hand stressing his artistry as a conversation partner reflecting on what the artist is telling him.

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Portrait of Vinicio Salati

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oil

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90х73 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1959; a gift from the artist's widow Lea Grundig

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-9814

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