Adriana Pircherle (1905-1996)

Adriana Pincherle (Rome 1905 – Florence 1996)

Pincherle was the older sister of writer Alberto Moravia. After completing classical studies, she attended engraver Alfredo Petrucci’s studio “for young women” and took classes at the Accademia’s Libera del Nudo school where she engaged with the Roman art world.

When her work debuted in 1931, she immediately drew the attention of critic Roberto Longhi.

She associated with the Scuola Romana and became interested in Impressionism, especially Henri Matisse and the Fauves.

Encountering the “Sei di Torino” group (Paulucci, Menzio, Levi, and Chessa) prompted her to develop her own take on French art.

In 1936 she exhibited at the Galleria della Cometa with Katy Castellucci.

Racial laws forced her to stay on the sidelines for many years.

In the 1940s she moved with her husband, the painter Onofrio Martinelli (1900-1966), to Florence where she continued to work regularly, participating in several editions of the Venice Biennale and numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad.

In Paris she exhibited at the “Jeune Europe” Gallery at 46 Rue Vavin.