G. Francesco Gonzaga Oil on Canvas Italy 1961

The Vases on Blue Background, 1961

Code :  ARARNO0168452

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G. Francesco Gonzaga Oil on Canvas Italy 1961

The Vases on Blue Background, 1961

Code :  ARARNO0168452

not available

G. Francesco Gonzaga Oil on Canvas Italy 1961 - The Vases on Blue Background, 1961


The Vases on Blue Background, 1961

Artist:  Giovan Francesco Gonzaga (1921-2007)

Artwork title:  I vasi su fondo bleu

Age:  XX Century - from 1901 to 2000

Subject:  Composizione

Origin:  Italia

Artistic technique:  Pittura

Technical specification:  Oil on canvas

Description : I vasi su fondo bleu

Oil painting on canvas. Signed and dated lower left. On the back there is a further signature, date, and handwritten writing with the title of the work and the location (From the Milan studio). There is also a label from the Gussoni Gallery in Milan relating to the personal exhibition of the artist in 1962. Self-taught Milanese artist, Giovan Francesco Gonzaga declared "my true teacher is Nature", and faithful to it, he devoted himself mainly to scenes with horses (a passion inherited from his experience in the Savoia Cavalleria during the war) to landscapes and still lifes , always depicted "en plein air". Vittorio Sgarbi wrote about him: "Giovan Francesco Gonzaga's wisdom lies in the design, which is strong and decisive ..... The images vibrate with restlessness, in the sign of man's struggle against himself, in the hell of a a story that always seems to repeat the same drama. But if the preparatory drawing is admirable, the color of this artist has a regality and a sensitivity that come from a musical perception of the color, where the palette is expressed in sudden, variations and rhythms buttons ". In this composition the color blue dominates, represented in a wide range of shades that define and differentiate the vases, of all different shapes, the candlestick and the backgrounds: the chromatic games create a lively but personal, intimate, and the artist seems to express through the sense of sight, his moods, his inner perceptions of the reality that surrounds him. The painting has two small patches on the back. It is presented in a stylish frame.

Product Condition:
Product in good condition, with small signs of wear.

Frame Size (cm):
Height: 91
Width: 71
Depth: 5

Artwork dimensions (cm):
Height: 70
Width: 50

Additional Information

Artist: Giovan Francesco Gonzaga (1921-2007)

A Milanese artist descended from a cadet branch of the Gonzaga nobles of Mantua, Giovan Francesco took part in the Second World War with the Savoy Cavalry when he was still twenty years old, participating with the “Fantasma” squadron in patrol actions in the Russian steppe. The months spent in close contact with the horse during the war sparked in him a real passion for horses, which became the privileged subject of numerous paintings, sculptures and poems. Self-taught artist, he declared "Nature is my true teacher", and faithful to it, after horses, he devoted himself mainly to landscapes and still lifes, always depicted "en plein air". In 1955 Giovan Francesco Gonzaga embarked on a journey through Spain, from whose landscape his palette was enriched with new color for his animals. His works earned him several awards, including the Marzotto Prize in 1963, the Golden Peacock in 1967, Le grolle in 1972, a Gold Medal from Pope John Paul II in 1997 and in 2001 he received from the Municipality of Milan the 'Ambrogino d'oro. The artist died in his hometown, Milan on 2 October 2007. His works appear in various museums, including that of the Cavalleria di Pinerolo, the Historical Museum of the Guardia di Finanza in Rome, the Tel Aviv Museum, the Art Museum of Los Angeles, in public and private collections in Italy, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Indonesia, China, Japan, Singapore and America.

Age: XX Century - from 1901 to 2000

The twentieth century is characterized by the prevalence of the bourgeoisie over the working class and by the discovery that life continues to be a struggle for survival and to improve its quality. Technological progress, instead of favoring this development, becomes an instrument of mechanization and drying up of man, who needs to look for a "soul supplement" and new forms to express it. Therefore, a whole series of artistic currents are born that create works expressing the interiority of man, which evoke reality from within rather than represent it, and depict it using, freely, shapes and colors. We therefore have Decadentism with Art Nouveau, Matisse and Braque's Fauvism, Picasso's Cubism, then Expressionism with Munch, Kandinskij's Abstractionism and Metaphysical painting by Carrà and De Chirico. There are numerous currents and groups of artists and intellectuals who use Art as a Manifesto of their thought, often also with a political connotation.
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Subject: Composizione

Artistic technique: Pittura

La pittura è l'arte che consiste nell'applicare dei pigmenti a un supporto come la carta, la tela, la seta, la ceramica, il legno, il vetro o un muro. Essendo i pigmenti essenzialmente solidi, è necessario utilizzare un legante, che li porti a uno stadio liquido, più fluido o più denso, e un collante, che permetta l'adesione duratura al supporto. Chi dipinge è detto pittore o pittrice. Il risultato è un'immagine che, a seconda delle intenzioni dell'autore, esprime la sua percezione del mondo o una libera associazione di forme o un qualsiasi altro significato, a seconda della sua creatività, del suo gusto estetico e di quello della società di cui fa parte.

Technical specification: Oil on canvas

The oil painting is a painting technique using powder pigments mixed with bases in inert and oils.

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