La Patache sur Loire

Italo De Grandi | 1949
Gouache on paper | 30 x 44.5 cm
Period 1940-1968: Silkscreen and holidays
Landscape with architecture
Inventory IDG-856 | Private
collection Photo L'Atelier De Grandi
Retrospective I. De Grandi at the Jenisch Vevey Museum 1993

 

Artistic features

Subject:

Bystanders and swimmers on the beach at the foot of the village of La Patache-sur-Loire

Carefree and happy in an honest nature.

Composition:

Sequence of diagonals leading from one plane to another | Horizontality

Medium:

Gouache on paper

In this holiday work, he chose gouache for the ease of its application on the subject, outdoors, as well as its covering properties, which allow him to juxtapose the four environments that cohabit organically in this scene: water, earth, sky and humanity.

Pallet:

Dominant: 10914412

Two distinct colour ranges: that of the sky and water, and that of the earth and humans (bodies and architecture).

Background

Period:

1940-1968: Silkscreen printing and holidays

The war-torn world changed the world and challenged its societies and their culture: Italo started a family. He nourishes it by continuing to draw and create, i.e. by becoming a graphic designer and setting up a silkscreen printing workshop with his brother. But as soon as he's on holiday, he takes up his creative vein again from one day to the next. The result is a flowering of luminous gouaches tinged with the happiness of the painter finding brushes, palette and easel. Here in France, on the banks of the Loire, where his master and friend the painter Gaston Vaudou invites him and Vincent to stay in his house in Champtoceaux.

Related artists:

Gaston Voodoo

Before and after the war, Italo and Vincent were students of the painter Gaston Vaudou, who welcomed them in his studio in Chanterive, his residence next to the Villa Le Lac De Le Corbusier, on the shores of Lake Geneva in Corseaux. This master-student relationship, in the traditional sense of the term, gave rise to a great mutual affection.

"Both of them carried within them this kind of quiet but enormous joy, so necessary to corset the talents received at birth and which one wants to push to their accomplished term: the elder, Italo, strong of his convictions and diligent, the younger, Vincent, whose inventive fantasy was already said to lead him later on to other paths.
To the souls of the master and his two students, the heavy Grammont opposite weighed heavily. They worked happily on the shores of sweet Lake Geneva, but their heavenly homeland of painters was elsewhere, beyond the mountains. The De Grandi's palettes were a natural match for the Voodoo palette, which was inspired by the light and horizons of his native Touraine and reminded them of the light air of their original Piedmont."
François Vaudou, Exhibition catalogue p. 95

Historical events:

Post-war

The painter Gaston Vaudou invites Italo and Vincent to come and paint on the banks of the Loire, now that France is accessible again.

Social facts:

1950s: before the pollution

In this work, the Loire and its environment is still intact, we bathe there as in the 19th century. Environmental concerns are still far away.

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