Filippo De Pisis studied literature and philosophy at the University of Bologna beginning in 1914, where he befriended both Giorgio de Chirico and his younger brother Alberto Savinio.
Filippo De Pisis moved to Rome in 1920 and had his first solo show at the Casa d’arte Bonuglia.
In 1925 he moved to Paris and showed his work at the Biennale di Belle Arti, Rome. During this period, he became acquainted with the experimental styles of Edouard Manet, Camille Corot, Henri Matisse, and the Fauves. Besides, towards the end of 1926, he began contributing essays and articles for literary magazines.
In 1931, De Pisis completed a set of watercolors to illustrate a book by his friend John Comisso, before leaving for England where he established an amiable connection with Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. He finally returned to Italy in 1938, and set up a painter’s workshop with Italo Mus in Saint Vincent.
Unfortunately, the outbreak of World War II in 1940 triggered off the symptoms of a nervous disease he had suffered from childhood, leading him to eventually move to Venice in 1943. At the end of the war, de Pisis returned to Rome and to still-life painting, producing a series of floral compositions which marked the last half of his career.
In 1948 he entered a clinic in Bologna, and from 1949 until his death his main residence was Villa Fiorita in Brugherio, a nursing home for patients with nervous diseases. His final exhibition took place at the 1954 Venice Biennale, after which the state of his health disallowed further activity.
Filippo De Pisis died on April 2, 1956 in Milan, Italy.
Nudino Sulla Pelle Di Tigre
Figura in Un Interno
Piazza San Marco
Le Tre Ostriche Sull'impiantito
Il Marinaio Francese
Natura Morta Marina
Fiori Di Campo
Ai Jardins De Luxembourg
Non C' E La Fine
Natura Morta Con Conchiglie
Salotto Del Racoglitore Bianchi in Rue Rickepense
Natura Morta Accidentale
Natura Morta Con Bottiglia
Interno Di Via Rugabella
Paesaggio Con Passero E Casolare
La Grande Conchiglia
Calle Di Venezia
In the early 20s, Filippo De Pisis became aware of his homosexuality. He lived a very extravagant lifestyle; he had a pet parrot named Coco, and in Venice he was one of a handful of residents at the time who used a gondola. He had two personal gondoliers on 24-hour duty, who wore black-and-gold livery.