Art

ART WORK OF JULIUS EVOLA.

Julius Evola painted Dadaist and futurist style works.

Julius Evola came to view Dadaism as decadent later in his life, and the Italian esotericist only spent a few years as a painter. But for fans of his writing and philosophy, the paintings he did in throughout his life hold a special fascination, and provide insights into his later philosophy.

Evola has been called “Italy’s foremost exponent on Dadaism between 1920 and 1923″ (according to Roger Griffin’s Modernism and Fascism, p. 39). Fifty-four of his paintings were exhibited in Rome in 1920, and an exhibition in Berlin included 60 paintings by Evola. and According to an essay on Dada on the website of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Evola launched a Rome Dada season in April 1921, which included an exhibition at the Galleria d’Arte Bragaglia that included works by Mantuan Dadaists Gino Cantarelli and Aldo Fiozzi, as well as performances at the Grotte dell’Augusteo cabaret. Evola did readings from Tristan Tzara’s Manifeste dada 1918 and said that Futurism was dead, causing an uproar.

Evola’s intellectual autobiography, The Path of Cinnabar, provides insights into his foray into the art world in the chapter “Abstract Art and Dadaism.” He was attracted to Dada for its radicalism, since it “stood for an outlook on life which expressed a tendency towards total liberation, conjoined with the upsetting of all logic, ethic and aesthetic categories, in the most paradoxical and baffling ways” (p. 19). He quotes Tzara: “What is divine within us, is the awakening of an anti-human action” and cites a Dadaist philosophy with a premise in keeping with Evola’s thoughts on the Kali Yuga:

Let each person shout: there is a vast, destructive, negative task to fulfil. To swipe away, and blot out.In a world left in the hands of bandits who are ripping apart and destroying all centuries, an individual’s purity is affirmed by a condition of folly, of aggressive and utter folly. (p. 19)

Evola says that such an emphasis on the absurd seems, at an external level, analogous methods used by schools of the Far East such as Zen, Ch’an, and Lao Tzu’s writings.

If some of Evola’s paintings seem ugly, it’s not without purpose and intent from the artist. In 1920’s Arte astratta, Evola outlined his theory that “passive aesthetic needs were subordinate to the expression of an impulse towards the unconditioned.” Dadasim, as Evola understood it, was not to create art as it’s usually understood, but “signalled the self-dissolution of art into a higher level of freedom” (Cinnabar, p. 20-21).

It was during the Dadaist period of his life that Evola started reading about esotericism. He met neo-Pythagorean occultist Arturo Reghini in the early 1920s. He quit painting in the early 1920s, and stopped writing poetry in 1924–not to pursue either again for more than 40 years (according to Gwendolyn Toynton’s essay “Mercury Rising” at Primordial Traditions). Although Evola left the Dadaist movement after a few years, in an interview in 1970 he said that the movement even today “remains unsurpassed in the radicalism of its attempt to overturn not only the world of art, but all aspects of life” (Cinnabar, p. 257).

Five O’ Clock Tea

Completed: 1917.

Style: Futurism.

Genre: Abstract.

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Dynamic Synthesis (Ether)

Completed: 1917 – 1918.

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Inner Landscape 3 A.M.

Completed: 1918.

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The Forge, Study On Noise Sounds

Completion: 1918.

Style: Futurism.

Genre: Abstract.

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Bunch Of Flowers

Completion: 1918.

Style: Futurism.

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The Tendency Of Aesthetic Idealism

Completion: 1918

Style: Abstract, Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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Inner Landscape 10:30 A.M.

Completed: 1918 -1920.

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Composizione n. 19

Completed: 1918 – 1920

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Paesaggio interiore, illuminazione

Completed: 1919.

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(Untitled)

Completion: 1919.

Style: Futurism.

Genre: Abstract.

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Xylografia

Completion: 1919.

Style: Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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Portrait Cubiste De Femme

Completed: 1919 – 1920.

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Composizione N. 3

Completed: 1920.

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Small Table (Upper Surface)

Completion: 1920.

Style: Abstract, Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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Astrazione

Completed: 1920.

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Astrazione

Completion: 1921.

Style: Abstract, Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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Senza Titolo

Completed: 1921.

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Composizione (Paesaggio) Dada n. 3 (o n. 2)

Completion:1921.

Style: Abstract, Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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La Libra S’Infiamma E Le Piramidi

Completion: 1921.

Style: Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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Interior Landscape, Opening Of The Diaphragm

Completion: 1921.

Style: Abstract, Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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Composizione Dada

Style: Abstract.

Genre: Abstract.

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Composizione Futurista

Style: Abstract, Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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(Untitled)

Style: Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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(Untitled)

Style: Abstract, Dada.

Genre: Abstract.

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Paesaggio Interior

Completed: ~ 1945

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Nude Of Aphrodite Beauty

Completed: 1960-1970

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The Generator Of The Universe

Completed: 1968 – 1970

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