St. George in the evening

Italo De Grandi | Undated
Watercolour on paper | 19 x 28.5 cm
Period 1969-1984: The beauty of the world
Landscape with architecture
Inventory IDG-719 | Private
collection Photo L'Atelier De Grandi


Artistic features


The church of St. George and its surroundings, suspended between the sky and the water and touched by the setting sun.

The softness of the winter sun, at the end of the afternoon, brings out the elegance of the architecture through the luminous transparency of the atmosphere.


Central figure | Horizontality


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 reflect the light directly, thus capturing a certain luminosity, even if diffuse; just like the lagoon which seems to create here, by itself, architectures-mirrors?


Dominant: 13421760

Two barely differentiated colour ranges: one diaphanous (sky and water), the other similar but of dark value, as if St. George and the surrounding buildings were only the result of a contraction of sky and water, revealed here by the bright tones of the winter sunset.


Overall with directional irruption

The setting sun defies the winter mist by coming in from the west, breaking the uniform lighting, without orientation or shadow, of this slightly misty scene.



1969-1984: The beauty of the world

Since 1978, Italo has been staying in Venice every winter, attracted by the infinite variations in the relationships between stone, water and sky, by the silent whims of the mists or the musical transparency of the air. He brings back armfuls of serene or tragic watercolours, sumptuous and delicate, enigmatic or merrily delighted at the fleeting moment, in which the threat of the impermanence of the city eaten away by erosion slides out of time.

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St. George in the evening