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Ptotography: A. Jones

Italo and Vincent

Vincent and Italo in 1985

Ptotography: France Vauthey Brun

Copy_ IDG-913 The Ancestor
The ancestor
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
69 x 29.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-755 The Man in the Hat
The man in the hat
Italo De Grandi
Tempera on wood
41 x 27.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
Four periods
Four periods:

1929 - 1939:       Juvenile Impetus
1940 - 1968 :       Screen printing and holidays
1969 - 1984 :       The Beauty of the World
1985 - 1988:       Reminiscences and fantasy

Juvenile Impetus
1929 - 1939 : Juvenile Impetus

A steady hand and life ahead of you open up all the prospects that are invigorated by the advent of innovative artistic currents. For Italo and his younger brother, this is the time of freedom and the audacity of large formats.

VDG-13 The Passage of the Train
The Passage of the Train
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
98.5 x 64 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
Trip to Florence
1934: The stay in Florence and Siena

Italo and Vincent discover in true and colour the great masters of the Italian Renaissance, in particular Masaccio and Piero Della Francesca.

They see everything, know everything, draw everything.

IDG-590 Le Ponte Vecchio
The Ponte Vecchio
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
30.5 x 40 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-829 The ford on the Arno River
The ford on the Arno
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
29 x 40.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
VDG-1 Les Moissons
The harvest
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
32 x 55 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
The stay in Paris
1936: the stay in Paris

Hired by the painter Jean Lurçat for the 1937 World's Fair, Italo and Vincent rubbed shoulders with the cultural and political turmoil of the time, without, however, following the modernist currents that alienated form and colour.
Back in Switzerland, they integrate their perception of Impressionism and Surrealism into a suggestive, balanced and generous painting, deeply rooted in the Italian Renaissance.

IDG-756 La Promenade
The Promenade
Italo De Grandi
Tempera on wood
38 x 61 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-662 The Pianist
The Pianist
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
30 x 47.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
VDG-26 The Conciliation
The Conciliabulum
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
32.5 x 45.5cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-779 The Big Mound
The big clump
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
44 x 58.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
Quote from Georges Peilex

The accentuated play of certain perspectives
some surreal temptations
and a subtle way to isolate objects and figures
in a space wide open to infinity
gives these compositions an allegorical twist
and an evocative power of high spiritual effectiveness...

We're definitely in Italy
and in a strangely demanding mental climate
evoking one of the most exciting movements
of modern Italian art: metaphysical painting

George Peillex

IDG-780 The Break
The break
Italo De Grandi
Tempera on wood
96.5 x 72 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-754 Celestial Harvest
Celestial Harvest
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
151 x 90.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-929 Maternity
Maternity
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
128 x 222 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-498 The Passerby
The passer-by
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
33 x 66 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-516 Remembering a Dream
Remembering a dream
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
38.5 x 29.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-644 Les boulistes
Bowling players
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
47.5 x 29.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
IDG-930 Pensieri
Pensieri
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
69 x 222.5 cm
1929-1939 : Juvenile Impetus
Screen printing and holidays
1940 - 1968: Silkscreen and holidays

The war-torn world changed the world and challenged its societies and their culture: Italo started a family. He feeds it by continuing to draw and create, and sets up a graphic design and screen printing workshop with his brother.

But as soon as he's on holiday, he takes up his career as a painter again from one day to the next and is happy to find his brushes again.

IDG-914 Advertising Femina
Advertising Femina
Italo and Vincent De Grandi
Screen printing on cardboard
99.5 x 47.5 cm
1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays
Holidays on the motif
Holidays on the motif

Parallel to his work as a graphic designer Italo continues to paint, particularly gouaches during his stays on the Adriatic or in the Loire at the home of his friend the painter Gaston Vaudou.

IDG-596 Cabins at the beach
Cabins at the beach
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
40 x 46 cm
1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays
IDG-796 Twilight Cabins
Cabins at the beach
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
31 x 46 cm
1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays
IDG-500 Porto Corsini
Porto Corsini
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
32.5 x 54.5 cm
1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays
IDG-791 Dredgers in Rimini
Dredgers in Rimini
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
22.5 x 33 cm
1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays
IDG-789 Last stopover
Last stopover
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
22.5 x 33 cm
1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays
IDG-856 Le Patache sur Loire
La Patache sur Loire
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
30 x 44.5 cm
1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays
IDG-738 Fisherman along the Loire River
Fisherman on the banks of the Loire River
Italo De Grandi
Gouache on paper
28.5 x 45.5 cm
1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays
The Beauty of the World
1969 - 1984: The beauty of the world

With the independence acquired for their children, Italo and Vincent leave graphic arts and silkscreen printing, and blossom in plastic creation.

Vincent expresses his imagination through oil painting and drawing, exclusively in his studio.

Italo, always on the subject, continues his contemplation of the landscape, and goes from oil painting to wash through watercolour, tempera, charcoal, pencil or sanguine and sculpts wrought iron.

VDG-34 Venetian Dream
Venetian Dream
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
22 x 34.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-725 Piazzetta in the Early Morning
Piazetta in the early morning
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
26.5 x 36 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
Quote on Vincent

Nothing here actually exists

Vincent dawdles, sniffs, meets people,
fills up with images

Back at his workshop, he distils his perceptions
into compositions that capture the atmosphere of a scene,
his desire for harmony, his reverence for beauty,
its taste for all flesh,
his sometimes abandoned fantasies
or his sometimes funny and sometimes enigmatic dreams.

VDG-28 Blue-veined shade
Blue-veined shade
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
37.5 x 60 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-14 Pink interior
Pink interior
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
18.5 x 32 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-7 Babette's Feast
Babette's Feast
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
23.5 x 40.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-11 The umbrella bouquet
The bouquet of umbrellas
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
20 x 27 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-18 The balcony
The balcony
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
35 x 21 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-20 After the storm
After the storm
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
32 x 54 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-2 The Customs Flag
The customs pavilion
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
21 x 34 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-25 Lake reflections
Lake reflections
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
19.5 x 32 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-17 Garden in Veneto
Garden in Veneto
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
22 x 34.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-31 Picnic in the Park
Picnic in the park
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
26 x 40 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-21 Italian Snow
Snow of Italy
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
37 x 61 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-36 Lake Geneva in Savoy
Lake Geneva in Savoie
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
11.5 x16.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-8 A Japanese beach
A Japanese beach
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
26.5 x 34.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-16 Flying
Batifolage
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
22 x 34 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-3 Fruit cup
Cup of fruit
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
17.5 x 23 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
The female nude
The nude

Throughout their life as painters, Italo and Vincent punctuate their creation with numerous works celebrating the beauty of the female body.

IDG-897 Standing Nude
Standing Nude
Italo De Grandi
Umber tempera on paper
48 x 18 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-672 Sleep (1)
Sleep (1)
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
27 x 46 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-672 Sleep (2)
Sleep (2)
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
27 x 40.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-22 Pear girl
Pear girl
Vincent De Grandi
Watercolour drawing on paper
71.5 x 25.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
Quote from Jacques Chessex

There are painters who create light...
and the light is always on them.
no matter what they do or think

A luminous grace without haste,
a patience that's transparent at the moment,
a kind of light with the beings (...)

The hostility of the world has given way,
ugliness, smallness do not exist...

Jacques Chessex

IDG-585 Library Arcades
Library arcades
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
22.5 x 33 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-28 Under the Library Arcades
Under the arcades of the library
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
23 x 26 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-742 La Dogana
Dogana
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
22.5 x 31 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-721 St Georges in grey weather
St Georges in grey weather
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
22 x 32 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-719 St Georges in the evening
St. George in the evening
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
19 x 28.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-716 Schiavoni Stairs
Schiavoni Stairs
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
26 x 35 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-906 Fondamente nuove
Fondamente nuove
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
27.5 x 31 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-729 Little Venice
Little Venice
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
16 x 25.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-55 Gondolas in Winter
Gondolas in winter
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
21.5 x 22.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-12 Venetian Bridge
Venetian bridge
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
13 x 23 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-15 Bouquet and Lemon
Bouquet and lemon
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
21.5 x 27 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
Quote Philippe jaccottet

All this work exudes calm
she ignores, or perhaps chose to ignore.
the storms, the troubles, the anxieties
that condition a large part of modern art

She says modestly,
but stubbornly choosing the tranquility
and the acceptance of a measure

Philippe Jaccottet

IDG-765 Next door
Next to the house
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
45 x 32 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-561 Grignan
Grignan
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
37.5 x 54.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-570 Lavender and Truffle in March
Lavender and truffle fields in March
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
24 x 40.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-669 Summer Walk
Summer walk
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
27 x 35 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-621 The Tower of Chamaret
The Tower of Chamaret
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
26.5 x 24 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-491 Career
Career
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
27 x 40.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-378 Foliage
Foliage
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
16.5 x 23 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-630 Drôme Landscape
Landscape of the Drôme
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
22.5 x 26 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-190 Persimmon branch
Persimmon twig
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
19.5 x 29 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-189 Khaki and its shadow
Khaki and his shadow
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
17.5 x 22.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-196 The Three Graces
The Three Graces
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
20 x 23 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-628 Peaches and Grapes
Peaches and grapes
Italo De Grandi
Watercolour on paper
24.5 x 32.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
Quote from Florian Rodari

Italo De Grandi was petting things...
that fell into his hand or his gaze...
as a true dreamer who crosses without difficulty
the surface of objects and beings
to distinguish its internal structure
and immediately imagine a destiny for them
an exact place in the world

Florian Rodari

IDG-F01 Tower
Tour
Italo De Grandi
Beaten iron
14 x 32 x 14 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-F02 Lion
Leo
Italo De Grandi
Beaten iron
35 x 24 x 11 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-F03 Mask
Mask
Italo De Grandi
Beaten iron
14 x 29 x 12 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-83 The Wall in the Forest
The wall in the forest
Italo De Grandi
Charcoal on watercolour background
26 x 41 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-90 Herb Path
Grassy path
Italo De Grandi
Charcoal on watercolour background
26.5 x 35 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-84 Chapel and ruin at the lier
Chapel and ruin in the lière
Italo De Grandi
Charcoal on watercolour background
24 x 35 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-524 Shaft
Tree
Italo De Grandi
Pencil on paper
43 x 28 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-108 Trees in the clearing
Trees in the clearing
Italo De Grandi
Pencil on paper
19 x 30 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-536 Sitting nude, face turned away
Sitting nude, face turned away
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
46 x 38 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-639 Reclining Nude
Nude lying on her back
Italo De Grandi
Lead pencil on paper
21 x 42 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-731 Eve
Ève
Italo De Grandi
Blood on paper
34 x 17 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-640 Young Woman on the Toilet
Young woman at her toilet
Italo De Grandi
Conté pencil on paper
42.5 x 22 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
VDG-37 The Smile
The smile
Vincent De Grandi
Pencil on watercolour paper
59.5 x 36.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
IDG-900 Nude styling
Nude styling
Italo De Grandi
Watercoloured blood on paper
13 x 10 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
Reminiscences and fantasy
1985 - 1988: Reminiscences and fantasy

In the crucible of his quest within reality, Italo reconnects with the imagination of his youth by using the wash or tempera.

So many scenes that he amuses himself with a sometimes mischievous tenderness.

As for Vincent, he pursues the subtle and offbeat expression of his prolific imagination through oil painting and drawing.

VDG-6 The accelerato
The accelerato
Vincent De Grandi
Oil on canvas
20 x 36 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-595 River Swimmers
Swimmers in the river
Italo De Grandi
Acrylic tempera on paper
25 x 38.5 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-777 Windows
The windows
Italo De Grandi
Sepia tempera
46.5 x 66.5 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-594 Trumpet
Trumpet
Italo De Grandi
Sepia tempera on paper
31.5 x 24.5 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-898 La Grande Place
The Grand Place
Italo De Grandi
Tempera on paper
15.5 x 18.5 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-851 Green and Bistre Landscape
Green and bistre landscape
Italo De Grandi
Tempera on paper
24 x 34 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-889 Industrial Intrusion
Industrial intrusion
Italo De Grandi
Sepia tempera on paper
25 x 28 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-685 Sunday Night
Sunday evening
Italo De Grandi
Sepia tempera on paper
48 x 68 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
IDG-686 The Parade
The Parade
Italo De Grandi
Sepia tempera on paper
47 x 67 cm
1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
Gilbert Vincent quote

In fact, what are we looking at?

The testimony of a vast generosity

The life and work of the painter seem to me to be...
have been raised by an imperceptible certainty:

The legitimacy of any human intervention
in the creation
emanates from the intimate presence of the earthly paradise...
to rebuild around you

Gilbert Vincent

IDG-846 Garden Window
Window to the garden
Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas
60 x 49.5 cm
1969-1984: The beauty of the world
Four periods
To find out more:

The exhibition catalogue is on sale at the museum along with all the works on display and others, as well as the following items:
- Two Brothers by Pierre De Grandi and M.-O. Voodoo
- Italo and Vincent by Georges Peillex
- Heavenly Harvest by George Fields
- The lesson of things by Florian Rodari
- A contemplation communicated by Gilbert Vincent
- Beyond 20th century figurative painting by Anonymous

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