Italo De Grandi | Undated
Pencil on paper | 19 x 30 cm
Period 1969-1984: The beauty of the world
Inventory IDG-108 | Private
collection Photo L'Atelier De Grandi
"Contemplation reveals the spirit. Communication requires means. Those of Italo De Grandi follow the classical rules, at least for two reasons, the first of which corresponds to his constant attitude: to manifest without exaltation, in a controlled fervour, what he called the mystery of things. The other is rooted in his humanist vow: to overcome, at all costs, the conflicts of nature and culture, bringing together their contradictions through the subtle mediations of harmony."
Gilbert Vincent, Exhibition catalogue p. 208/209
For this scene Italo chooses the pencil which allows him to render this symphony of grey tones by delicate cross-hatching in rhythm with the architecture of the branches.
With the independence acquired for their children, Italo and Vincent also find their own: they leave graphic arts and silkscreen printing and blossom in plastic creation. Vincent expresses his imagination mainly through oil painting and drawing, exclusively in his studio. Italo, always on the subject, pursues his contemplation of the landscape, his wonder in front of nature, and goes from oil painting to washing, passing by watercolour, tempera, lead pencil, charcoal or sanguine, here the pencil.
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