Contemporary Drawing by Fausto Melotti Painting Pencil on Paper Frame

Sculpture project

Code :  ARARCO0190584

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Contemporary Drawing by Fausto Melotti Painting Pencil on Paper Frame

Sculpture project

Code :  ARARCO0190584

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Contemporary Drawing by Fausto Melotti Painting Pencil on Paper Frame - Sculpture project


Sculpture project

Artist:  Fausto Melotti (1901-1986)

Artwork title:  Progetto per scultura

Age:  Contemporary , 20th Century / 1901 - 2000

Subject:  Abstract Composition

Artistic technique:  Drawing

Technical specification:  Pencil on Paper

Description : Progetto per scultura

Pencil on watermarked paper. Signed lower left. The drawing is accompanied by an authentication on photo from the Fausto Melotti Archive, with code DIS 36 015, showing the data of the work. Fausto Melotti was a multifaceted and very prolific artist and it is almost impossible to link his production to a particular technique or theme, without providing only a partial view of his artistic vision. The salient features that are constant in Melotti are geometry, the study of abstraction, which leads him to use realistic but not scientifically accurate elements, and arranging the elements so that they recall a musical rhythm, a detail that refers to his training as a musician Sculptor, painter, musician, poet, he made numerous design drawings for his works. Drawing represented for him a fundamental exercise, to transfuse the original graphic trait from sheets of paper into sculptures and ceramics. The sculptures for which he is best known are made up of geometric elements made with metals (brass, iron and gold) worked into thin filaments, giving life to ethereal, weightless and almost fragile compositions. The work is presented in a frame.

Product Condition:
Product in good condition, shows small signs of wear. We try to present the real state as fully as possible with photos. If some details are not clear from the photos, what is reported in the description will prevail.

Frame Size (cm):
Height: 52,5
Width: 43
Depth: 32,5

Artwork dimensions (cm):
Height: 32,2
Width: 21,4

Additional Information

Artist: Fausto Melotti (1901-1986)

Fausto Melotti was born in Rovereto (Trento) on 8 June 1901. In 1924 he graduated in electrical engineering, and in the same period he obtained a diploma in piano and began studying sculpture in Turin, with the sculptor Pietro Canonica. In 1928 he enrolled at the Brera Academy in Milan, where he was a pupil of Adolfo Wildt, together with Lucio Fontana, with whom he formed a long association. In 1932 he accepted the assignment from the Craft School of Cantù for a course in modern plastic. In 1935 "Kn" by Carlo Belli, cousin of Fausto Melotti, was published. The text, which is defined by Kandinsky as "the Gospel of abstract art", constitutes the theoretical elaboration of the experiments of the abstract artists who, together with Belli and Melotti, confronted each other at the Bar Craya in Milan. Indeed, in 1935 Melotti joined the "Abstraction-Création" movement, founded in Paris in 1931 by Van Doesburg, Seuphor, Vantongerloo with the aim of promoting and spreading the work of non-figurative artists. In the same year, together with the group of Milanese abstract artists, he took part in the first collective exhibition of abstract art in the studio of Casorati and Paolucci in Turin and exhibited in Milan at the Galleria del Milione in one of his personal sculptures of rigorously contrapuntal inspiration. His first exhibition has no comparison in Italy, but receives attention in France thanks to Léonce Rosenberg and in Switzerland where in 1937 he receives the international prize La Sarraz. In the same year, on the occasion of the VI Triennale di Milano, he created a key work, the Costante Uomo, for the Sala della Coerenza designed by the B.B.P.R. studio (Banfi, Belgiojoso, Peressutti, Rogers). From 1941 to 1943 he lived in Rome, where he participated in the project by Figini and Pollini for the Palazzo delle Forze Armate and in the meantime he made drawings, paintings and composed poems which, under the title "The sad Minotaur", were published by Giovanni Scheiwiller in 1944. In after the war he devoted himself to ceramics and achieved, through a very refined technique, a very high quality recognized by the numerous awards he received, including the Grand Prix of the Triennale in 1951, the gold medal in Prague and that of Munich. In this period he deepened a deep professional and human bond with Giò Ponti with whom he collaborated on two large projects for Villa Planchart in Caracas (1956) and Villa Nemazee in Tehran (1960). In 1967 he exhibited numerous sculptures of new inspiration at the Toninelli Gallery in Milan. From here begins a series of exhibitions in Italy and abroad that will quickly bring him success and allow the public to get to know his multifaceted activity: from sculptures to bas-reliefs, from theaters to works on paper, to ceramics. Florence, Rome, Venice but also New York, London, Zurich, Frankfurt and Paris dedicate extensive solo and group exhibitions to him. Melotti died in Milan on 22 June 1986 and in the same month the 42nd Venice Biennale of Visual Arts awarded him the Golden Lion in memory.



It is difficult to define what Contemporary Art is, because it does not correspond to a time period or to a unique and specific artistic current. According to the subdivision of art into historical periods, the period of Contemporary Art would begin in 1789, at the end of Modern Art, and with the introduction to that century, the nineteenth, which sees the appearance of a new and revolutionary, Photography, and that begins to search for a different way of looking at reality and representing it, in particular with Impressionism, which chooses to mediate the vision of reality with the filter of feelings that it evokes. On the other hand, the whole twentieth century is permeated by the rise of numerous pictorial currents, which try to interpret the demands of the present using new means of production and adapting to the times and ways of life and which filter reality through feelings, intimist visions. , metaphysical interpretations, generating different multiple pictorial currents. Therefore, many believe that contemporary art is that mode of artistic expression that tends to involve new means of expression that range from performance, photography, installation, video, digital processing, to text, thus starting from some currents. avant-garde of the twentieth century and reaching up to the present day. But be careful: to date, in any century, a wide representation of artists has never disappeared in artistic pictorial production who have chosen to remain faithful to the most traditional pictorial technique, as well as to the representation of reality in the most consistent and objective way possible, which therefore can be considered Contemporary only in a more temporal sense, that is because they lived in the last decades of the current historical period.

20th Century / 1901 - 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: Abstract Composition

Artistic technique: Drawing

Il disegno è il processo di tracciare segni su una superficie tramite l'applicazione di una pressione o il trascinamento di un apposito strumento sulla superficie. Gli strumenti sono: matite in grafite o colorate, penna, pennelli fini con inchiostro, pastelli a cera o carboncini; i supporti tradizionali più frequenti sono carta, cartoncino, tavola, muro, tela, rame, vetro.

Technical specification: Pencil on Paper

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