Sitting nude, face turned away

Italo De Grandi | Undated
Oil on canvas | 46 x 38 cm
Period 1969-1984: The Beauty of the
World Inventory IDG-536 | Private
collection Photo L'Atelier De Grandi
Retrospective I. De Grandi at the Jenisch Vevey Museum 1993


Artistic features


Splendour of light on the female body


Subtle sequence of diagonals

Italo gives his model a pose consisting of a series of diagonals, oriented in a slight upward spiral to the left, underlined by the diversion of the torso and the head, revealing the back of the model, thus enhanced by the lighting coming from the left side.
The figure resulting from this set of subtle orientations in space is located to the left of the large diagonal (from head to toe), which separates it from the background, itself decorated with a drapery that balances the head's deflection to the right.


Oil on canvas

Sober and generous touches, cultivating a constant balance of colours at every point in the painting.


Dominant: 14602699

Three very distinct scales maintained in harmony. The first two for the main figure: one, the most complex, for the nude, the other, luminous, for the drapery that forms its base and reinforces the lighting by reflecting the light. The third, composed of a few specific tones, for the background, the floor and the drapery, balancing the whole.



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 washing through watercolour, tempera, charcoal, lead pencil or sanguine, here oil painting.

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Sitting nude, face turned away