Enrico Sacchetti ( Rome 1877- Settignano
FI 1967 )
He was born in
on the 28th February 1877. Caricaturist, painter,
illustrator and poster designer of Tuscan origin, after his
diploma in Physics and Mathematics, goes back to Florence,
where he gets acquainted to Libero Andreotti. In 1901
he collaborates to “Bruscolo” by
and to “La Nuova Musica”, up to the
moment in which he decides to try his chance to Milan. As he
told, " in Florence I myself and Libero Andreotti , we
starved, but when we moved to Milan things went better on
and we could eat everyday".
So he collaborates to the satirical journal “ Verde e
azzurro” by Umberto Notari, for whom he realized also
the starting poster in 1903, and cooperated to the
fortnightly illustrated journal “ Teatro” in 1905; in the
same year he illustrates "Le Roi Bombance" ("Re
Baldoria") of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the founder
of Futurism, and collaborates to his review “ Poesia”.
For Umberto Notari he illustrates his book "Quelle
signore", together with Cesare Tallone and Ugo Valeri.
He moves to Buenos Aires (Argentina)from 1908 to 1911,where
he contributes to the newspaper
Diario. In 1912 he joins his friend Libero Andreotti
in France, and works mainly for the fashion field.
back to Italy when the War starts, and works for the
propaganda against Austria, while collaborating to the
as well as with “ 420”,and realized also several satirical
postcards. Towards the end of the war, he is among the
authors of La
the famous "magazine of Third Army", where he draws many
postcards and illustrations. He collaborates to Corriere
two magazines of the newspaper Corriere della sera.
He is greatly appreciated also for his advertising posters,
and it is important to remember the poster for Bitter
Campari in 1921. He contributes, until the Second World War,
to journals such as “L’Illustrazione italiana” and “ Liedel”,
while his production for the book market is large: Actually
he illustrates volumes published by Mondadori, Sonzogno,
From the 20s he writes articles and books, such as "Vita
d'artista" (1935, his first book, winner at IX Premio
Bagutta)and "Due baci" (1935).
During the “cold war” his son Dino dies in Albania, and he
dedicates to him the book "Arte lunga" (Vallecchi,
After the war
he goes on writing , "Capire" (1948), "La bottega
della memoria" (Vallecchi, 1953), "Che cosa è l'arte"
(Vallechi, 1954?) "Il disegno e il disegnatore".
Notwithstanding the appraisal and the fame,
he leads a solitary life until the old age, and he commits
suicide when he is 91. He dies at Settignano (Florence)on
the 27th december 1967.
Fondazione Franco Fossati
- translation by Irene De Angelis