BRUNO ORFEI (born 1926) Head of a Lady
Plaster, gesso, stucco and resin, patinated; on a block Plinth.
OVERALL HEIGHT inclusive of the Plinth: 32cm (approx 12.5 Inches);
Measurement of the Plinth: 18cm (approx 7 inches) x 20cm (approx 8 inches); Height 6cm (approx2.5 inches)
Head's Height: 20cm (approx 8 inches) Width: 13 cm (approx 5 inches)
Condition: Stable and fair but, in common with objects made of resin and stucco, they tend to crack with time, although it is generally thought that such cracks add character. The crack shown on the forehead of our Lady is noticeable but stable. Other minor normal wear and age indicators may be present in the plinth although it is generally in very fair condition.
Bonomi Giorgio "Bruno Orfei. Works from 1986 to 1990" Perugia 1990; Bruno Orfei, Curriculum vitae mea, in F. Bozzi (a cura di), Le ceramiche -opere retrospettive, Ed.Artisti Umbri, Perugia, 2000; S. Bottini "Percorsi dal figurativo all'astratto all'informale" (Paths from Figurative to Abstract to Informal) Villa Fidelia, Spello 2007.
'Head of a Lady' is an early work by the contemporary Umbrian master Bruno Orfei, born in Perugia in 1926.
As the critic S. Bottini wrote in 2007, the output of Bruno Orfei, artist and sculptor, has been influenced by all the major cultural currents which he witnessed during the after-war period. The early years of the last century Picasso and Kandiskji were major factors and the 1950s and 60s saw profound changes. At Villa Massimo in Rome in 1957, Orfei worked with Herbert Gericke the then director of the German Academy in Rome. Until the mid- sixties both the German Academy and Villa Massimo saw the presence amongst others of Marie Luise Kaschnitz , Otto Dix, Uwe Johnson, and many others expressionists. Orfei absorbed all these influences, and this is especially visible in his sculptures of those years which point also to the early interest for primitivism which had earlier influenced Derain and Picasso.