Matteo Billeri

Antonioni's (Neo-)Avant-Garde. Visual Sources for L'eclisse (1962)

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Keywords: Antonioni; Modernism; Abstract Expressionism; Scuola Metafisica; Surrealism.

This article investigates the fruitful aesthetic imagery that unfolds in Antonioni's L'eclisse (1962). Conventionally read as a political study of human alienation, the film is also a brilliant exercise in Modernist aesthetics, building artistic connections between the latest trends in contemporary art (the "arte informale" and the "Movimento nucleare") and an already established avant-gardism (Futurism, "Scuola metafisica", Surrealism). In proposing diverse references to visual arts, this essay ultimately unveils Antonioni's passionate homage to twentieth-century iconic painters and sculptors such as Boccioni, Morandi, De Chirico, Magritte, Giacometti, Vedova, Baj, Dangelo, and Fontana.

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