Still lifes by Giuseppe Cavalli: photography as art

These still lifes bear testimony to the fact that in his photographs, Giuseppe Cavalli (1904-1961) never gave in to documentarism. His work was always creative, a poetic synthesis in which – the artist once declared – the subject was completely meaningless, because “documents are not art; if they are, they are so in spite of their being documents”.

Cavalli was born in Foggia and started experimenting with photography in the 1930s; he was a fine intellectual, and a cinema, literature and music connoisseur. He wrote the first manifesto of “La Bussola” group: in those words, he summed up his vision of “photography as art”.

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura Morta - Still life

"Still life", Prelz Oltramonti Collection, London

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura Morta con pesci - Still life with fish

"Still life with fish", 1952-1953

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura Morta con pesci - Still life with fish

"Still life with fish"

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura Morta con pesci - Still life with fish

"Still life with fish"

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Still life"

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Still life"

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Still life"

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Still life"

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Still life"

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Still life"

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Studio no.10", 1949

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Still life"

Giuseppe Cavalli, The Lock, 1954

"The Lock", 1954

Giuseppe Cavalli. The Black Pipe, 1951

"The Black Pipe", 1951, Prelz Oltramonti Collection, London

Giuseppe Cavalli, "La scacchiera", 1954 - "The Chessboard"

"The Chessboard", 1954

Giuseppe Cavalli, Natura morta - Still life

"Still life"

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