WhereMuseo del Novecento
CategoryModern & Contemporary Art
November 15, 2013
March 9, 2014
The monumental painting Il Quarto Stato (The Fourth Estate) by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo portrays a group of workers on strike. It symbolises the social protest at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the emergence of a new social class – the proletariat – which becomes aware of its rights within the new industrial society.
Pellizza finished Il Quarto Stato in 1901 after having worked on it for three years. The painting represents the culmination of a long period of study by Pellizza on the topic of social reform and workers’ rights, producing other works like Ambasciatori della Fame (1892) and Fiumana (1896), the latter being on display at the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan.
With the exhibition Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo e il Quarto Stato – Dieci anni di ricerca appassionata (Ten years of passionate research), the Museo del Novecento in Milan welcomes Il Quarto Stato, which for many years has been on display at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan. The exhibition includes around 30 drawings and paintings by Pellizza, which together tell the story of a historic painting, both from a social and artistic point of view.