Italo De Grandi | Undated
Gouache on paper | 27 x 41 cm
Period 1929-1939: Juvenile Impetus
Imaginary | Landscape with architectures
Inventory IDG-785 | Private
collection Photo L'Atelier De Grandi
On the subject outdoors, Italo paints what he sees, while extracting the essential to put down on paper what he feels at that sight, rather than his photographic copy.
The geometrical shapes of the vine shoots follow one another in a perspective whose zigzags lead to the distant lus plane where the village thrones, thus well anchored in its wine-growing context.
In this early work, Italo, strong of his profession as a chromo-lithographer, experienced in engraving on stone the colours one by one and their successive superimposition effects, chooses precisely the gouache for its covering properties, which allow him to establish a crystalline atmosphere, without blurs or transparencies, where everything can be read clearly.
A global light is an almost multi-directional lighting, almost without shadows, which serves well here the descriptive purpose of the work.
A steady hand and life ahead of you open up all the prospects that are invigorated by the advent of innovative artistic currents. This is the time of freedom and daring. Full-length portraits, allegories tinged with symbolism and futurism, depicting thoughtful, even ecstatic characters, celebrating cultivated nature - here the vineyard and its villages - friendship and family, in a kind of mysticism of immanence.
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