Peaches and grapes

Italo De Grandi | Undated
Watercolour on paper | 24.5 x 32.5 cm
Period 1969-1984: The beauty of the world
life Inventory IDG-628 | Private
collection Photo L'Atelier De Grandi


Artistic features


Tactile and gustatory impression of summer fruits

Italo captures here, by the right colour combinations, not only the freshness of these fruits (the grapes are crunchy), but also the sensations they give to the touch: the matt side of the grape skin or the velvet of the peach skin.


Central figure and geometrical background


Watercolour on paper

Watercolour lends itself doubly to the subject of this work. It allows you to work very quickly, and therefore to capture the atmosphere of a particular moment. And its colours are essentially transparent, the water facilitating a distribution of pigments on the paper, so as to directly reflect the light, thus capturing a certain luminosity within the objects, even diffuse, and to capture here the most subtle transparencies.


Dominant: 13941409

Practically a single harmonic colour range, brightened by the yellow shades of the persimmon, and accentuated by a few dark values (the shade, the branch and the leaves) or very light values (the light reflected by the persimmon coming to illuminate the surface where it rests).



1969-1984: The beauty of the world

From the 1970s, staying for most of the year in Grignan, not far from Chamaret in the Drôme (France), Italo constantly captures through his watercolours the moments that reveal the beauty and mystery of the nature of the places that surround him. Here the delicacy of these fruits ready to be tasted.

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Peaches and grapes