The art collection of Gabriele and Anna Braglia has been built with love and dedication.
The first work, a Christmas gift in 1956 from Gabriele to his wife, Anna, was a tempera painting by Mario Sironi.
The collection consists of pieces from various movements and comes from the most varied sectors of the artistic culture covering the most varied techniques like drawings, watercolours, oils, mixed media as well as some sculptures by contemporary artists.
After nearly 60 years, the collection prides itself on including over two hundred artworks, by both Italian and international artists of great interest. In the group of Italian artists which was the basis and start of Gabriele and Anna's passion for art, works by Balla, Depero, Cesetti, Modigliani, Severini, Fontana, Burri, Sironi, Paladino etc, can be emphasized. A number of watercolours painted during the period 1947 and 1949, and now considered important due to the sensitive interpretation of colour, were soon added to the first drawings. Last but not least, various oil paintings, which represent a long artistic journey by Music, complete this aspect of the collection with over fifty artworks.
Artworks on paper and canvas by Chagall, Picasso, Warhol, Magritte, Mirò, Dali, Valdes, Botero and many more are found in the group of international masters.
Over the past quarter of a century, Gabriele and Anna Braglia have collected artworks by German Expressionists, and are the proud owners of numerous works representing this period of great interest of the early 20th century, when artists from Germany and around Europe, Munich, Dresden, Berlin, Paris and even Moscow, began to develop a new form of art, free from old rules and ideological barriers.
This special part of the collection provides an overview of the artworks by prestigious artists’ of the “Munich and Murnau group”, better known as members of “Der Blaue Reiter” group. Artworks characterised by vibrant expression of colors, lights and feelings, full of the joy of living. Works by August Macke, Alexej von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc are only a few of the important artists included in the collection.
The Russian artist Marianne von Werefkin, is another of the avant-garde artists of southern Germany represented in the collection with important paintings.
Other masters of Northern German Expressionism are represented in the collection in the form of works by Emil Nolde, Hermann Max Pechstein and Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner, and also the Bauhaus masters such as Lyonel Feininger and Paul Klee, who provide a qualifying contribution to Gabriele and Anna’s art collection.