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Emanuele (Lele) Luzzati and his sister Gabriella Hadar. Curtesy of Gabriella Hadar and family.

Lele has one sister, Gabriella, who is seven years younger than him. The two always shared a special relationship. Gabriella talks a lot about her brother, and tells all sorts of stories about him. When she was young Lele used to do puppet shows for her and had to change all the tragic endings because Gabriella didn’t like them. Over the years Lele painted several portraits of his sister and through them we can see his own development as an artist. In the latest portrait in the group of painting presented here, we can already see the influence of other artists, such as Marc Chagall, on his developing style.
 

Alongside these portraits we have the illustrated letters Lele sent Gabriella. Their style is much less formal and more humorous.  

Oltre Lele, Fernanda e Guido Luzzati avevano un'altra figlia, Gabriella, più giovane di lui di sette anni; tra i due fratelli ci fu sempre un rapporto caldo e intimo. Gabriella racconta che Lele le faceva sempre il teatro dei burattini, ed  usava cambiare in bene la fine delle storie, perchè lei non amava i racconti tristi. Durante l'infanzia di Gabriella, Lele la ritrasse spesso, e lo stile dei ritratti rispecchia il suo sviluppo artistico, fino ad arrivare  allo stile personale che lo contraddistingue. Nel ritratto più tardo si vede già una differenza notevole nel suo stile, con l'influenza di altri artisti, tra cui principalmente Chagall.
 

Oltre ai ritratti seri ad olio e ad acquerello, ci sono anche le lettere che usava mandarle, come quando studiava a Losanna; vi si trovano piccole illustrazioni piene di umorismo, che descrivono gli avvenimenti della vita da studente.

Young Luzzati
Lele in action. The 1930’s. In this photo we can see another example of Lele’s early style.
Luzzati and his sister, studio photography, early 1930’s. 
A tiny portrait of Gabriella, the 1930's.
An illustrated letter Lele sent his sister for her birthday in 1941.
Portrait of Gabriella Hadar, late 1930's. 
An illustrated letter Lele sent his sister for her 12th birthday in 1940.
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Gabriella reading a letter under a tree. Late 1930’s.
Detail of one of Lele’s Letters to Gabriella.
“Gabriella in a room” undated portrait of Gabriella in which we can see the influence of other artists on Lele’s work.  

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