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Enrico  Sacchetti
( Rome 1877- Settignano FI 1967 )

He was born in  Rome 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 Vamba 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
El Diario. In 1912 he joins his friend  Libero Andreotti in France, and works mainly for the fashion field.
He goes back to Italy when the War starts, and works for the propaganda against Austria, while collaborating to the weekly journal“ Numero as well as with “ 420”,and realized also several satirical postcards. Towards the end of the war, he is among the authors of  La Tradotta, the famous "magazine of Third Army", where he draws many postcards and illustrations. He collaborates to  Corriere dei piccoli and La lettura
, 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, Zanichelli.
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, 1941).
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.

from : Fondazione Franco Fossati  -  translation by Irene De Angelis Curtis