Del Neri Edoardo (1890-1932) 

23/03/2020

Born in Gorizia on March 18, 1890, the painter Edoardo Del Neri died in Rome, at only forty-two years old, on April 21, 1932. Almost all his artistic career took place in the capital, but he had spent his childhood and adolescence in Gorizia. Son and grandson of painters (his grandfather, Giuseppe, was a portraitist and landscape painter; his father, Clemente, specialized in frescoes, especially of religious subjects, and restorer of ancient works of art), Edoardo showed an early talent for drawing and painting, and after attending the Royal schools in Gorizia he attended courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he successfully participated in some exhibitions. After a period of study trips, during which his works were exhibited in Munich, Venice, Zagreb, Stockholm and Florence, in 1914 he settled in Rome, where he immediately achieved significant success. Among other things, he took part in the first exhibitions of the "Secession", from 1914 to 1916, and, after the war, in the art biennials.

Author of woodcuts and etchings, he illustrated several books, including Fiuri de tapo by Biagio Marin (1912) and Il Friuli by Riccardo Pitteri (1914), with views of the lagoon of Grado, Gorizia, Aquileia and other places in Friuli. From his sketches were taken the stamps for the air mail and those of the 7th Franciscan centenary. In 1925 he was commissioned by the Ministry of the Colonies to illustrate a work by the governor of Tripolitania, and he stayed in the colony for two months, making drawings and watercolours from which he obtained a series of oil paintings that met with great critical and public success. His activity in the field of applied arts led him to be commissioned to decorate several public buildings in Rome and Gorizia (Circolo degli aviatori, new Post Office building). His early death ended a career that would certainly lead him to other flattering statements.