Donato Frisia

Colombo, N & Pizziolo, M 1994, Donato Frisia, Archivi d’Arte Lombarda, Milan.

The in-depth historical-critical study conducted by Marina Pizziolo on the work of Donato Frisia, through the presentation of numerous unpublished works, reveals the originality of an artist of a powerful modernity. Appreciated in the first half of the 20th century by artists such as Amedeo Modigliani and Braque.

“In Paris Frisia spent time in the company of Picasso and Braque, alternating between nighttime sessions held by the prophets of the École de Paris in the cafés of Montparnasse and lengthy visits to the Louvre, where he studied and executed copies of the works of the great masters. With him almost always was a young Italian painter with a sickly air: Amedeo Modigliani. Frisia, in an interview given to Guido Ballo for the magazine Settimo Giorno shortly before dying, said: ‘I met Modigliani every day. We were friends. A short time before he died he had thought about coming to my studio, in Merate, in Brianza. More than in the cafés, we met mainly at the Louvre’. An extraordinary meeting from which a brief yet intense friendship was to arise, interrupted by Modigliani’s sudden death. As a memento Frisia was to be left with five portraits of himself, drawn by the great Modì with poetic economy”.