Vittorio Zecchin
1878 - 1947
Painter, decorator, designer. The son of a glassmaster from Murano, he graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. He joined the Secessionist movement of Ca' Pesaro where he showed his paintings inspired by the Viennese movement on many occasions after 1909. In 1913, in Munich, together with Teodoro Wolf Ferrari, he exhibited vitreous panels and vessels a murrine made by the Artisti Barovier, which represent the attempt to bring the Secessionist style to Murano glass. From 1921 to 1925 he was artistic director of the Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Cappellin Venini & C., where he created lightweight glass pieces classically inspired and delicately coloured which reaped immediate success in Italy and abroad. Inspired by the styles painted in the works of XVIth century painters in the Veneto, these vessels were the first modern works in Murano glass. After a short period as artistic director of the Maestri Vetrai Muranesi Cappellin & C., he collaborated with S.A.L.I.R. in the Thirties, providing drawings for glass engraving and personally decorating glass with enamels. He occasionally worked for Ferro Toso (1930), A.V.E.M. (1932), Seguso Vetri d’Arte (1933-34), and Fratelli Toso (1938) for which he created the elegant goblets Leggerissimi. During the Twenties and Thirties, Zecchin also designed tapestries, mosaics, embroidery, ceramics, furniture, silverware, all of which he exhibited at the Biennali di Venezia and Monza. During the last years of his life, he dedicated himself to teaching.
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