The theme of the peasant woman selling products of the earth or just offering them often recurs in Libero Andreotti's production between 1917 and 1920, when he created a large group of female figures modeled with great originality with respect to the act they perform. The woman here is holding apples: her left arm is bent inwards as she keeps an apple against her chest, the right arm also bent inwards holding her apron with the fruit, thus establishing a plastic balance of great unity capable of expressing the subtle spirituality of a simple and authentic person. With regard to the sculptures of this period and the ones previously executed during the Paris years, in 1930 Andreotti wrote that he had created them "in order to get rid of plastic impressionism trying to replace it with a mnemonic impressionism which could nowadays be called expressionism and with a somewhat curious intellectual and therefore spiritual research".
Room: Early Works
Author: Libero Andreotti