Renato Natali 1883-1979
Stunning example of his later work, you can see why his artworks are so popular here and in his native Italy. This has greatly increased his intonation appeal with his artwork demanding ever increasing amounts at auction.
He was born in Livorno, and did not attend a formal academy, although he was said to have learned from Guglielmo Micheli, and was a member of the Gruppo Labronico of painters that met in the Caff Bardi in Livorno. He provided some of the decorations for the establishment. He travelled to Paris for two years in 1912, but is said to have fallen in love with Livorno while in Paris. In Paris, he encountered the vibrant bohemian circles of artists, including Amedeo Modigliani. and the works of Toulouse Lautrec. He participated in many exhibitions including the Venice Biennali, as well as exhibitions in the exterior, including Brighton (England), Minnesota (USA), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Cairo (Egypt) and Athens (Greece). In addition to painting, he practiced engraving, lithography, and acqueforti. In 1978, he was awarded the honour of Commendatore al Merito dalla Repubblica. In 1980, Livorno sponsored a retrospective of his work. A “Mostra Antologica Renato Natali”, was organized in 1968 by the Casa Comunale della Cultura a Livorno, and curated by Piero Caprile with a monograph by Aldo Santini.