We note a bas-relief sculpture by Ugo Guidi (1912-77) showing a rural scene (1930s). We have been unable to find much biographical information on Guido or his work beyond a few basic details.
He was born in Montiscendi (Tuscany) (1912).
He studied in the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara during the Fascist era. , After World War II and the fall of Fascism, Guidi`started teaching at the Academy (1948-76). He died in Forte dei Marmi, near Carrara (1977).
The bas-relief is a good example of Fascist art. We see similar German sculpture and some similar New Deal sculpture in Americans. Some New Dealers were impressed with Mussolini and Italian Fascism. Fascist art liked to glorify workers, espcially rural workers who were seen as more a part of the nation ethos than industrial workers who were contaminated with left-wing ideology. Italy's Fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, was in sharp contrast to Hitler, personally uninteresred in art. He was interested in propaganda. The clothing worn by the older boy and the man seems accurate. On the contrary, a woman with bare shoulders doesn't seem realistic. The nakedness of the younger boy can be both symbolic as well as an acurate depiction of rural Italy.
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