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Italian Murano Glass Picasso Head Sculpture by Glass Master Walter Furlan

US$5,695

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Murano glass Picasso inspired sculpture - ??'Omaggio a Picasso', created by Glass Master Walter Furlan. In vivid shades of blue, red, yellow, black and clear glass. Walter Furlan was born near Venice in 1931. At an early age he went to work in the VAMSA glassworks. At the end of the Second World War, he joined the glassworks of Gino Cenedese where he assisted Alfredo Barbini and all the old craftsmen of the former VAMSA. Amongst them world famous Mamaracio, Gino Forte and Flavio Poli who invented the ‘massello’ technique of glass creation in Murano in the 1920s. Furlan learned the technique of sculpting glass using the ‘massello’ style, which later became his favorite method. This technique infuses color into pure crystal sculpture, giving it brightness, vibrant color and power. Having become a master-craftsman while still young, Furlan had contacts with many artists. Meeting Flavio Bianconi and a chance meeting with Pablo Picasso. At the Ferro and Lazzarini factory, Furlan begins to collaborate with Professor Ezio Rizzetto. Their mutual understanding produced artistic work, exhibited at the early shows at Bevilacqua La Masa. Maestro Furlan had the opportunity to participate in other exhibitions with works of his own creation, obtaining recognition as a Master Designer. In 1963 he again met Pablo Picasso when his work was shown at the Murano Glass Exhibition, organized by the Istituto Veneto per il Lavoro. In the early 1970s, Furlan joins the Seguso Vetri d'Arte glassworks, under the guide of Maestro Angelo Seguso and the Designer Mario Pinsoni. He learns the techniques of submerged glass and stylized forms, typical of the designs of Professor Favio Poli who was then working for the Seguso Vetri d'Arte. It’s here that the Picasso inspiration became a reality. In 1977 he joined the "first course for artists" organized by the International Glass School, and on this occasion, carried out works by the artists Picasso, Horst Sobota, Renzo Margonari, and Ghibbe, giving proof of his great capacity and versatility for interpreting artistic design. Later, Maestro Furlan participated in the Premio Murano, an event organized by the Abate Zanetti Association and on this occasion carried out works for Verdiano Marzi, Andrea Pagnacco, Marconi and Lauro Santoro. More recently he has carried out works for Lindstrom, Alinari, Barattini, Wagner and Jef Van Reniaout, all renowned patrons of the arts. The fascinating artistic work of Picasso, expressed in Furlan's glass sculptures, is demonstrated by the experience acquired during his periods of work with old masters. He has interpreted Picasso's paintings during his Cubic Period and given them a third dimension. The colors are vivid and the work is profoundly dimensional. It’s as if Picasso sculpted them himself. His wonderful interpretations of Pablo Picasso's artwork will only increase in value as Furlan's work is now limited because of his advancing age. The works of Walter Furlan can be found in quality Italian museums that specialize in sculptured glass.

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    Height: 13 in. (33.02 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 11 in. (27.94 cm)
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    20th Century
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    Melbourne, AU
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    1stDibs: LU4965215916482

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