Franca Batich

Visual Artist

1940 –


Who is Franca Batich?

Franca Batich is an Italian contemporary artist who specializes in oil and mixed technique abstract painting. A student of Giovanni Giordani, Frida de Reya, and Alice Psaconopulo, Batich first began exhibiting her artwork in the 1960s. She has contributed to several collective shows in Italy as well as internationally in New York, Salzburg, Udine and Dalmatia. She has, since 1993, devoted herself to the development of formal and existential content, the common thread that is the basis of her artistic search. She represents the capture of a moment in space and time that is projected in an abstract dimension. With wide brushstrokes and dense colour, she creates unreal places and uses both bright and more sober shades to, depending on their density, reproduce movement or fixed contemplation. In this special world, the artist has recently introduced "theatres" -- scenes populated by "emancipated puppets" assembled in chaotic balance whose strings maintain their geometric autonomy. Her works have been associated and inspired to poems by Italian major poets such as Eugenio Montale, and Umberto Saba. According to art critic Marianna Accerboni, Batich is "one of the most important artists in the second half of the Twentieth Century in Trieste, as she was able to interpret an epoch's drive, problems, and emotions with delicate intensity, an unexceptionable technique and refined originality". Barbara Romani has written that "Her abstract naturalism does not aim to represent the outer world but only the inner world, through shapes, lines and colours. The big spaces thick with colour are crossed by intersecting lines, leading to a focal point which stands beyond the canvas, elsewhere. These thin threads get lost in the distance, but at the same time they are able to reproduce the feeling of the horizon. Claudio Magris names rosso Batich the shade of red used by the artist, a characteristic colour which makes her works recognizable.

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Jan 19, 1940
Lived in
  • Trieste

on July 23, 2013


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