Founding
exhibition Italo and Vincent De Grandi

From September 6, 2017 to February 18, 2018: major works in four periods.

Two brothers

Born in Vevey, respectively in 1912 and 1916, to parents who were tailors, Italian emigrants from Piedmont, Italo and Vincent keep from their childhood the nostalgia of the landscapes of their holidays in the village of Soriso near Lake Orta.

While Vincent paints exclusively in the studio on the wings of his imagination, Italo contemplates the reality of landscape, still life or portraiture, using various techniques ranging from drawing to oil painting, gouache, watercolour, wash and sculpture, while it is essentially oil painting and drawing that Vincent favours.

Anchored in the tradition of the Italian Renaissance, heirs to Piero della Francesca and Masaccio, but also to Poussin, Courbet, the Impressionists and De Chirico's break with Futurism, these two brothers, who remained insensitive to the muses and demons of deconstruction, have developed a work that is far removed from the century's trends favouring the purification and alienation of form and/or colour. As a result, both Italo's contemplation of the world and Vincent's imaginary world offer the 21st century viewer a strongly suggestive painting of a lost paradise, balanced and generous, in which the painter fades into the perceptions and feelings of beauty, calm and detachment.

Anchored in the tradition of the Italian Renaissance, heirs to Piero della Francesca and Masaccio, but also to Poussin, Courbet, the Impressionists and De Chirico's break with Futurism, these two brothers, who remained insensitive to the muses and demons of deconstruction, have created a work that is far removed from the century's trends, which favoured the purification and alienation of form and/or colour.

As a result, both Italo's contemplation of the world and Vincent's imagination offer the 21st century viewer a strongly suggestive painting of a lost paradise, balanced and generous, in which the painter fades into the perceptions and feelings that beauty, calm and detachment evoke.

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