Egle Marini was a painter and poet closely linked to her family and her twin brother Marino, who was destined to become one of the most important artistic personalities of the twentieth century. Egle is also author of works of great value, but witness to another destiny.
The story of her life is exemplary of the condition lived by women before the second half of the twentieth century: encouraged towards other priorities than their personal achievement, and almost always destined to remain silent talents.
Her most famous paintings are related only to her youth, before she officially stopped painting and devoted herself to poetry. But privately, her pictorial and graphic research would continue throughout her life with extraordinary results.
The Colour of Words is a biographical narration by Donatella Giuntoli, daughter of Egle, who tells about her mother in a personal tone, deep and at the same time detached, thus succeeding in bringing to light her multifaceted personality.
Original archives of exceptional documentary value, texts and music, mark the salient stages of the narration: happy infancy and adolescence, family relationships, art, the difficulties arose with the outbreak of the Second World War, the discovery of poetry, the continuous and stimulating dialogue with her brother and herself on the traces of her own artistic identity.
Interview with author Laura Vannucchi
Q: How did you choose this theme?
LV: Egle Marini, a painter and poet, sister of the well-known sculptor Marino Marini, has been present in the Tuscan art scene on between the two wars. Historians depict her as elusive and reserved, and, although she has been a prominent figure, she is hardly known to the public today.
Therefore the biographical investigation of Egle from the historical and artistic point of view has aroused our interest.
We have traced the stages of her life to find out the themes of her art that have developed through painting, graphics and poetry. Themes based on profound, intimate reflections and particular life-choices, which have led her to decide early in her artistic career to abandon (but only publicly) the domain of painting in favor of poetry, an expression of a more private daily life.
Her artistic pursuit continued among the domestic walls and still showed great sensitivity and attention to the international artistic developments. However, there are no traces of her work, even among the most specialized historical-artistic literature today.
Egle is remembered only as a biographer of her twin brother, who had become one of the brightest artists of the twentieth century, while her artistic contribution almost vanished from public perception.
Egle’s fate recalls, in some aspects, those of many other contemporary and non-contemporary female artists. This gave us further ideas for reflection, allowing us to link her experience to the broad theme of women’s social role in history.
Our research has brought to light unpublished material that enriches the artistic profile of Egle Marini, and adds interesting details on the particularly creative dialogue that the artist has woven with her brother Marino throughout her life.
Q: What is your intention?
LV: The aim of our research is to show some unpublished aspects of Egle Marini's artistic work, to track down the thread that linked her artistic research, artistically and spiritually, with her brother, through valorization of the artistic languages she has chosen - in particular graphics and poetry .
Q: In what format will the project be presented?
LV: The biographical essay - The sign of Sinagra's journey through the painting, graphics and poetry of Egle Marini - will introduce us to the themes of the artistic path of Egle Marini, and a film - The colour of words - will retrace her life as a woman and an artist for images of her most salient stages.
In addition, some of her poetry will be selected and read, chosen for their direct relation with the sculptural works of Marino Marini, of which they are an interesting complement.