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Italo De Grandi | Undated
Pencil on paper | 43 x 28 cm
Period 1969-1984: The beauty of the world
Landscape
Inventory IDG-85 | Private
collection Photo L'Atelier De Grandi

 

Artistic features

Subject:

Vigorous and delicate structure

"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

Composition:

Multiple figures governing the sequence of shots

Medium:

Pencil on paper

For this scene Italo chooses the pencil that allows him to render the subject with extreme precision and powerful dynamism, full and loose, like a calligraphy.

Background

Period:

1969-1984: The beauty of the world

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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