Italo De Grandi | Undated Umber
tempera on paper | 47.5 x 67.5 cm
Period 1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
Imaginary | Landscape | Characters
Inventory IDG-727 | Private
collection Photo L'Atelier De Grandi
An idyllic vision of young women bathing in the cool water of a calm river, touched by a tender morning light.
Here Italo creates a subtle balance between the characters placed at precise points that define the depth of the space they occupy, the woods whose size encompasses them widely, and the water whose horizontality gives this scene a sense of timeless continuity.
This is water tempera: pigments of a single colour - here a "umber" brown - are added to water, forming a monochrome watercolour base.
Although it is a monochrome temperament, different degrees of dilution in water and various phases of drying and layering allow the painter to create an atmosphere of subtle transparencies.
A global light includes almost multi-directional, almost shadow-free lighting. In this imaginary composition, the lightness and transparency of the contrasts between light and shadows contributes greatly to the serenity of the scene.
In the crucible of his quest within reality, Italo reconnects with the imagination of his youth by using the often large-format wash: so many scenes he enjoys with tenderness and nostalgia.
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