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The ‘Pathway continues’

Costa’s Flowers, artichokes and eggs, 1974

Costa’s Flowers, artichokes and eggs, 1974

Lola Costa exhibited in Monzuno near Bologna

The exhibition ‘Lola Costa: An artist of the pathway of the gods’ was inaugurated on September 14, 2019 at the Mario Marri Library in Monzuno, near Bologna. Organized by the Cultural Association Il Palmerino with the Municipality of Monzuno and AWA, it featured some 25 works by adoptive Florentine artist Lola Costa (1903 –2006), who had moved to Tuscany from her native England in the early 1920s. As its title suggests, the show represents a continuing dialog ‘along the pathway of the gods’, the ancient Roman footpath in the Apennines leading from Florence to Bologna. AWA aficionados will remember our ‘sister exhibition’ at Il Palmerino in the summer of 2018, featuring Monzuno native Lea Colliva. The two painters and poets did not know each other personally—yet their artistic fellowship is evident in the themes, genres and art movements they explore.
Here is an interesting comment from inside the exhibition by art critic Mario Cancelli: “I appreciate the artist’s sensibility. She is an artist who, over time, maintained her personality, yet she was not stagnant, proving capable of altering her style and being receptive to the movements of her time. Her rapid brush strokes recall De Pisis, but I also see an English aura in her painting that bring to mind the early works of Sutherland. Costa is an elegant painter, with finesse and an expert eye with nature.”