D’Annunzio e l’arte contemporanea europea
Simbolismo e Art Nouveau tra Italia e Francia, 1900-1910
The essay considers three different aspects of Gabriele d’Annunzio’s encounters with artists and trends in contemporary foreign figurative arts in the early 1900s and during his stay in Paris, connected to the novel Il fuoco and the city of Venice, and new interests in scenography and theatre. They concern the famous German portraitist Franz von Lenbach and the image of Eleonora Duse, and the Art Nouveau decorative arts, in particular the glass vases by Emile Gallé that d’Annunzio saw and admired with the guide of his friend Robert de Montesquiou and the batik fabrics by the Dutch Agathe Wegerif-Gravestein. The topics are part of a large overall study on d’Annunzio and European contemporary arts from 1883 to 1915.