Italo De Grandi | Undated
Tempera on paper | 24 x 34 cm
Period 1985-1988: Reminiscences and fantasy
Imaginary | Landscape
Inventory IDG-851 | Private Collection
Photo L'Atelier De Grandi
Retrospective I. From Grandi to the Jenisch Vevey Museum 1993
In this imaginary hilly landscape, whose imposing escarpments and limestone wounds make it almost an abstract composition, we find a motif dear to Italo and which already appears in early compositions (see Remembering a dream): the small house surrounded by a vegetable garden at the top of a hill - symbol of happiness on earth.
This is egg tempera: colour pigments are added to egg yolk, forming semi-covering colours.
Italo chooses here three restricted and very specific colour ranges: the first one in beige and brown tones (bistres) for the mineral elements - rocks, and small house; the second one in green/brown tones for all vegetation; the third one in green/blue tones for the sky.
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 timelessness of the scene.
In the crucible of his quest within reality, Italo reconnects with the imagination of his youth by using tempera: so many scenes he enjoys with tenderness and nostalgia.
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