Fronte Nuovo delle Arti was an Italian artists' group. The group was founded in 1946 by the artists Bruno Cassinari, Renato Birolli, Renato Guttuso, Leoncillo Leonardi, Ennio Morlotti, Armando Pizzinato, Giuseppe Santomaso, Emilio Vedova, Alberto Viani and existed until 1952.
These artists had jointly signed the Manifesto di fondazione della Nuova Secessione Artistica Italiana (For a "New Secession in Italy") on the initiative of Renato Birolli in Venice in 1946, thus founding the artists' movement Nuova Secessione Artistica Italiana as a precursor to the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti.
The name Fronte Nuovo delle Arti (Italian for: "New Front of the Arts") was first used on the occasion of an exhibition of the participating artists in the "Galerie della Spiga" ("Gallery of the Ear") in Milan. The signatories and members of the Nuova Secessione Artistica Italiana were joined by the artists Antonio Corpora, Pericle Fazzini, Nino Franchina and Giulio Turcato to form the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti in Milan.
Fronte Nuovo delle Arti
The hallmark of the artists involved was Abstract Painting, which was also influenced by Orphism. The work of Pablo Picasso also had a major influence on painting, especially his prismatic structuring of pictorial elements. Renato Guttuso, Emilio Vedova and Alberto Viani were considered the main representatives of Fronte Nuovo delle Arti.
In 1948, representatives of the group presented their works at the Venice Biennale. In 1952, the abstract artists left the group and, on the initiative of the art historian and art critic Lionello Venturi (1885-1961), founded the artist group Gruppo degli Otto. Renato Guttoso and Armando Pizzinato henceforth turned to expressive realism in their art.