A modernist Italian painter returns to London in a new show

Back in the 1920s, Pasquarosa Marcelli, known mononymously as Pasquarosa, was one of the first Italian modern artists to have a solo exhibition in London. 100 years later, Londoners have a new opportunity to see her works in person. Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, located in Islington, has launched a new exhibition of her paintings and drawings. The show opens to the public on 12th January and runs until 28th April.

“Pasquarosa: From Muse to Painter” traces Pasquarosa's development from muse and inspiration to her husband, artist Nino Bertoletti, to a fully-fledged artist herself. The show includes works from various stages of her career, starting with pieces she painted as a teenager. A particular highlight of the exhibition are a series of paintings of flowers, balancing vivid and vibrant colours with a delicate painterly style. Visitors can see also pieces by Bertoletti and other members of Pasquarosa's social circle as part of the exhibition, including numerous portraits of her made by her husband.

Estorick Collection has been open since 1998 and is globally-renowned for its collection of modernist and Futurist artworks. In addition to checking out the Pasquarosa exhibition, visitors can see highlights from the gallery's permanent collection on its two upper floors. The permanent collection includes works by major names like Georgio de Chirico, Modigliani, and Marino Marini. After seeing the show, don't forget to take a look at the on-site bookshop or visit the gallery's café, serving a variety of Italian food and drinks. Find out more and book your tickets on Estorick Collection's website.