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Xavier Bueno

Boy, 1966

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Xavier Bueno

Boy, 1966

Oil on canvas cardboard. Signed lower left. Further signature, date and title on the back. After his childhood spent in Spain, his native country, Geneva and Paris, in 1940 Xavier Bueno moved to Italy, in Fiesole, where he joined with his brother Antonio, Pietro Annigoni and Gregorio Sciltian. to the group of "Modern Painters of Reality", whose manifesto proposed an "objective" observation of truth, of nature and its faithful reproduction as possible. The experience of the Spanish civil war first and then the Italian one increasingly directed the artist towards a realism linked to reasons of strong social content. 1953 represented an important turning point for Xavier's career: it was the year of his explicit adherence to the poetics of socialist realism, an adhesion that came after a personal itinerary that saw him practicing "committed" painting since the pre-war period, with a clear advance on art of the Italian left. Another fundamental stage in Xavier's career was the trip to Brazil in 1954: the artist returned from this experience full of enthusiasm and with a series of inks whose main protagonists are children, teenagers, laborers. From this moment on, the theme of childhood became more and more recurrent, little by little the characters were portrayed motionless, in a sort of unreal fog, devoid of even depth, of perspective rigor, in which they emerge as evoked. The work presented here belongs to this production. Between 1959 and 1964 Xavier created the cycle of "Children", suffering images and melancholy symbolic works of a humiliated and oppressed humanity, which the artist presented at the "España libre" exhibition. His technique also underwent an evolution, which led him to seek a thickening of the material, thickened by the addition of sand to the paint; the use of collage, already experimented by him in still lifes, became conspicuous also in the figurative-portraiture field. The material of his paintings became such as to come to define them "fresco on canvas". Work presented in frame.

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Saint Paul Hermit And Saint Anthony Abbot Oil On Canvas 17th Century
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Saint Paul Hermit And Saint Anthony Abbot Oil On Canvas 17th Century

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Saint Paul Hermit And Saint Anthony Abbot Oil On Canvas 17th Century

Oil on canvas. Lombard school. The painting portrays the two saints sitting on rocks in the shadows of leafy trees, while they break bread, in the foreground on the left; Saint Paul is traditionally dressed with animal skins, Saint Anthony Abbot is wearing the habit of the Order and he is holding a prayer book. The two Saints have often been represented together becasue they share many traits: they both lived in the third century, they are both Egyptian, they both left all of their properties very young to devote themselves to a life of complete solitude, living in prayer and poverty. Saint Anthony Abbot has been one of the most famous hermits in the history of the Church. Saint Paul the Hermit lived all of his life in complete solitude in the desert as well, fed only with the bread a raven would regularly bring to him, according to hagiographic narratives. When he was closer to death, Saint Anthony Abbot visited him, with whom he broke bread. In this representation, the landscape context doesn't remind of the desert lands of Egypt, but they are located in a Nordic or Alpine landscape. On the left, there is an eremitical landscape, with some green and a small stream bottom right. The painting, already restored and recanvased, presents evident craquelure. Frame in style.

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