Vernizzi-Ritratto (1930 circa) by AnonimoAPE Parma Museum
Renato Vernizzi was born in Parma on 1 July 1904, in the Oltretorrente neighbourhood (literally "the other side of the river").
Ritratto di mio padre (1957) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
Son of Ettore, ceiling and stained glass decorator, it is in his father's workshop that he comes into contact with the world of colors and develops his passion for painting.
Porticciolo di Boccadasse (1930) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
After attending the Institute of Fine Arts in his city, in 1930 he moved to Milan where he worked as a draftsman and illustrator, without however abandoning painting.
Terrazzo di montagna (1934) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
Thus he approaches "Chiarismo", in search of intensity of light and color.
Giardino in primavera (1932/1933) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
His friendships include some exponents of the movement, in particular with Angelo Del Bon, Umberto Lilloni and Adriano Spilimbergo, with whom he participates in important exhibitions.
Vernizzi con la bicicletta (1940 circa) by AnonimoAPE Parma Museum
In 1941 he received the "Bergamo Landscape Award" with the work "Carrozzella al mare". Numerous other awards followed and invitations to the Venice and Milan Biennials and the Rome Quadriennale.
Renato Vernizzi e la moglie Maria Teresa (1951) by AnonimoAPE Parma Museum
In the same year, 1941, he married the painter Maria Teresa Cavalli: from this union the children Luca and Isabella were born.
Ritratto di mia moglie (1953) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
Vernizzi will dedicate numerous and beautiful portraits to his wife.
I fratellini (1948/1949) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
Children are among the painter's favorite subjects. Alone, together, Vernizzi follows their growth: in the expressions, in the habits, in the changing physique, you can see the flow of life.
Vernizzi con il figlio Luca (s.d.) by AnonimoAPE Parma Museum
The everyday life, so present in Vernizzi's works, can be found in this photo in which the painter teaches his son to paint, transmitting to him that art he himself learned in his father's workshop.
Vernizzi e il ritratto di Montacchini (1954) by AnonimoAPE Parma Museum
The production of the 1950s is characterized by a profound study of the portrait, which leads him to look with interest at painters such as Diego Velázquez, Frans Hals, Francisco Goya, Édouard Manet and Giovanni Boldini.
Ritratto di un amico (attore cabarettista Berto Montacchini) (1954) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
The subject of the painting is his friend Berto Montacchini, the realization of which can be seen in the previous image.
Ritratto di Arturo Toscanini (1953) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
In 1953, Vernizzi dedicated three portraits to master Arturo Toscanini, which pay homage to one of the great protagonists of Italian and international cultural life of the twentieth century.
Alla finestra dello studio (1958-1960) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
In 1955 he obtained the chair of Figure at the Art Institute of Parma, a position he held until 1971.
Interno serale (1964) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
Always attentive to the most vital movements of his time, Renato Vernizzi was able to find a personal and independent way of painting, expressing himself with a language of deep lyricism.
Serra fiorita in Versilia (1965) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
In his work emerges the ability to interpret reality through the use of an emotional register of extraordinary strength and expressive sensitivity.
Solitudine e malinconia (1971) by Renato VernizziAPE Parma Museum
After a severe illness, he died in Milan on January 18, 1972.