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Luigi Pericle: A Rediscovery

Luigi Pericle: A Rediscovery


This important book presents the work of the fascinating and singular artist Luigi Pericle (1916–2001). Pericle was a painter, illustrator and scholar, as well as a leading figure in the story of art in the second half of the twentieth century.


The artist initially found fame as an illustrator, gaining widespread renown in the 1950s as the inventor of the character Max the Marmot. But his intense, enigmatic and multi-layered paintings increasingly drew the attention of the art world, with works that reflect his personal, metaphysical take on post-war abstraction exhibited at numerous venues in Britain during the 1960s. Pericle then abruptly retreated

from the art system, and for the rest of his life continued to paint, write and to study esoteric philosophy in the secluded house he shared with his wife Orsolina on Monte Verità in the Ticino region of Switzerland. The artist’s work was dramatically rediscovered in 2016 when the contents of his former residence were revealed.


The process of restoring, cataloguing and researching his vast oeuvre is ongoing, and is overseen by Ascona’s Archivio Luigi Pericle, with which the exhibition has been organised.


This beautifully illustrated publication, which accompanies an exhibition at the Estorick Collection, London, includes a full catalogue of the works, as well as essays by noted scholars.

  • James Hall, Thomas Marks and Martina Mazzotta

    September 2022

    Hardback, 285 x 245 mm

    208 pages, 100 colour illus.

    ISBN: 978-1-913645-34-2

  • Exhibition

    The Estorick Collection, London

    14 September – 18 December 2022

  • About the authors

    James Hall is an art historian, critic and lecturer. His many books include The Self-Portrait: a Cultural History (2014).

    Thomas Marks is a writer and critic who is an associate fellow of the Warburg Institute, London.

    Martina Mazzotta is an art historian and curator who is a visiting fellow and a member of the Visionary Circle for the Warburg Institute, London.

    Marco Pasi is Director of the Centre for Hermetic and Related Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

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