Window to the garden

Italo De Grandi
Oil on canvas | 60 x 49.5 cm
Period 1969-1984 : The beauty of the world
Landscape with architectures
Inventory IDG-765 | Private collection
Photo : Atelier De Grandi

 

Artistic features

Subject:

View of the vegetable garden from the window of the artist's house in Grignan (France)

"In fact, what exactly do we have in front of us? In my opinion, the testimony of a vast generosity. The painter's life and work seem to me to have been raised by an imprescriptible certainty: that the legitimacy of all human intervention in creation emanates from the intimate presence of the earthly paradise to be rebuilt around us."
Gilbert Vincent, Exhibition catalogue p. 115

Composition:

Double framing

The main frame is the one in the foreground: the stone house, peaceful, protective and nourishing; with the open window escape, the secondary frame, projecting the view on the domesticated nature of the garden, in the background.

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Keys full of momentum, inscribed in the rhythm of the whole painting, as well as in that of its smallest details.

"The technique [of oil painting] remains traditional, smooth and fine, with a great suppleness of touch, a delicate refinement of matter."
Georges Peillex, Exhibition catalogue p. 46

Pallet:

Dominant: 14403492

Two tonal ranges: one shaded and limited to brown-grey for the interior; the other illuminated and complex in green and yellow for the exterior; the pears in the foreground linking these two chromatic spaces.

Light:

Complementary interior from the outside

In this scene, the lighting is composed of minor chords from the inside responding to major chords from the outside.

Background

Period:

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 wash to watercolour through tempera, charcoal, lead pencil, here oil painting.

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Window to the garden