Contemporary Painting by G.F. Gonzaga The Old Milan Oil on Canvas

The Old Milan

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Contemporary Painting by G.F. Gonzaga The Old Milan Oil on Canvas

The Old Milan

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Contemporary Painting by G.F. Gonzaga The Old Milan Oil on Canvas - The Old Milan


The Old Milan

Artist:  Giovan Francesco Gonzaga (1921-2007)

Artwork title:  Vecchia Milano

Age:  20th Century / 1901 - 2000

Subject:  Views/City Glimpses

Artistic technique:  Painting

Technical specification:  Oil on Canvas

Description : Vecchia Milano

Oil painting on canvas. Signed lower right. On the back of the frame there is a label with the title. Self-taught Milanese artist, Giovan Francesco Gonzaga declared "my true teacher is Nature", and faithful to her, he dedicated himself mainly to scenes with horses (a passion inherited from his experience in the Savoy Cavalry during the war) to landscapes and still lifes , always depicted ";en plein air". Vittorio Sgarbi wrote about him: "The wisdom of Giovan Francesco Gonzaga lies in the drawing, 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, this artist's color has a royalty and sensitivity that come from a musical perception of color, where the palette is expressed in sudden changes and rhythms buttons". In this work Gonzaga offers a glimpse of his Milan, where a ray of sunlight illuminates the facade of a building making it emerge from the shadows of the narrow street that branches off at the corner. The work is presented in a period frame.

Product Condition:
Product in good condition, has 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 stated in the description applies.

Frame Size (cm):
Height: 57
Width: 49
Depth: 8

Artwork dimensions (cm):
Height: 40
Width: 30

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: 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: Views/City Glimpses

Artistic technique: Painting

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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