12. Horses (Study for, or reflection on, the central portion of Good News mural for the Brevard Post Office – Brevard, North Carolina), c. 1941
Tempera on inscribed panel, 24 x 24 inches (unframed), 28 x 28 inches (framed), inscribed “To my dear friend Ed Pietro” lower right, illegible partial label verso, original frame
About the Artist
Pietro Lazzari was an Italian-American painter and sculptor who was born in 1895. Lazzari studied at the Ornamental School of Rome. After the end of World War I, he joined the Italian Futurist movement, and his works were shown along with other prominent Italian artists. As Fascism rose in Italy, Lazarri fled to New York in 1925. During the Great Depression, Lazarri gained US citizenship and completed mural commissions from the Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture. Lazzari was affiliated with modernist art circles in New York and was eventually represented by Betty Parsons Gallery. In the early 1940s, Lazzari permanently moved to Washington, D.C. where he established a studio and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. Lazzari is listed in Who Was Who in American Art and other standard references.