Mino Delle Site (Italian, 1914-1996) Decollo (Painted in 1932)

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Lot 23AR
Mino Delle Site
(Italian, 1914-1996)
Decollo

Sold for £ 37,500 (US$ 47,551) inc. premium
Mino Delle Site (1914-1996)
Decollo
signed and dated 'DELLE SITE_32' (lower right)
oil on canvas
30.3 x 40.2cm (11 15/16 x 15 13/16in).
Painted in 1932

Footnotes

  • The authenticity of this work has kindly been verbally confirmed by the Archivio Mino Delle Site.

    Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in April 1995.

    Exhibited
    New York, Rizzoli International Bookstore, Mino Delle Site, 13 - 19 October 1965, no. 2.
    Rome, Grand Hotel & Rome-Terminillo, Delle Site, 27 opere dipinte tra il 1931 e il 1940, 25 March - 10 April 1967.
    Rome, Centro di Azione Latina, Mino Delle Site, nel I° centenario della nascita di F. T. Marinetti, 18 - 26 November 1976, no. 4.
    Modena, Galleria Fonte d'Abisso, Mino Delle Site, aeropittore futurista anni Trenta, 30 October - 22 December 1984, no. 9.
    Lecce, Museo Provinciale, Mino Delle Site, Aeropittura e oltre, dal 1930, 15 October - 3 December 1989, no. 4.
    Bari, Castello Svevo, Verso le Avanguardie, gli anni del Futurismo in Puglia 1909 - 1944, 20 June - 30 August 1998; Taranto, Castello Aragonese, 5 September - 1 November 1998.
    Milan, Palazzo Reale, Volare! Futurismo, Aviomania, Tecnica e cultura italiana del volo 1903 - 1940, 12 September - 16 November 2003.

    Literature
    C. L. Delle Site, Mino Delle Site, monografia, Perugia, 2006 (illustrated p. 72).
    G. Lista, Futurismo, la rivolta dell'Avanguardia, Milan, 2008, no. 226 (illustrated p. 541 and titled 'In volo').
    C. L. Delle Site, Mino Delle Site, centenario, e-book, 2014.


    I see a little bit of me
    in every man who flies
    in every satellite in the space
    in every celestial border
    here lies the space suit of the aeropittore Mino Delle Site

    Mino Delle Site, 1930


    Mino (Domenico) Delle Site, was one of the youngest proponents of second wave Futurism and one of the most significant members of the 'Aeropittura' – a movement which emphasised 'a gradual and constant multiplication of forms and colours which grow and diminish, intensify or enlarge, giving birth to new forms and colours' (C. Delle Site (2014), Mino Delle Site [online] available at http://www.minodellesite.com [accessed Dec. 2015]).

    Delle Site was only sixteen when he moved to Rome to study at the art academy. There, in 1931, at the first exhibition of the Aeropittura, Delle Site met the leading Futurists of the day, from the founding member Marinetti, to Balla, Prampolini and Dottori. He described the event with great excitement: 'In Rome I was enlightened...I found what will be my destiny: I came across Futurism. In it I discovered a new artistic reality...suitable to my character and disposition...These people [the Futurists] were legendary figures to me, I studied their works, I read about them. Meeting them in person was really important and exciting: it motivated me to do more and better' (M. Della Sitte quoted in C. Delle Site, op. cit.)

    The Futurists also welcomed the young Delle Site with enthusiasm. When Prampolini saw his works for the first time he declared 'You are one of us!' In fact, Prampolini was to later curate Delle Site's first solo exhibition in Rome at Galleria Bragaglia Fuori commercio in 1932. On this occasion, Prampolini said of the artist 'Mino Delle Site is one of the youngest and most creative artists of the Aeropittura...magnetic and pulsing machines are the main sources of inspiration for him and represent the main subject of his works. All subjects that glorify speed, whether in the sea, or in the air, find in Delle Site a devoted exponent of the simultaneous formula man + machine + atmosphere, which represents the emotive totality of forms and space' (E. Prampolini quoted in C. Delle Site, op. cit.)

    Like his fellow Futurists Delle Site was fascinated by the power of machines, speed and astrology. His works from the thirties are devoted to aeroplanes, atmosphere and flying, and it is through them that he conveys the themes of adventure, research and discovery. Aeropittura was an influential movement throughout the 1930s which re-established the glory of Futurism after the hiatus of the First World War.
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