Ettore Spalletti (Italian, born 1940) Senza titolo, rosa 2010
Lot 16AR
Ettore Spalletti
(Italian, born 1940)
Senza titolo, rosa
2010
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 51,000 - 77,000

Lot Details
Ettore Spalletti (Italian, born 1940)
Senza titolo, rosa
2010

signed, titled and dated 2010 on the reverse
colour impasto and gold leaf on board

80 by 80 by 4.5 cm.
31 1/2 by 31 1/2 by 1 3/4 in.

Footnotes

  • This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

    Provenance
    Vistamare, Pescara
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2010



    Exquisitely elegant, and yet immensely profound, the work of Ettore Spalletti is often compared to the precious Renaissance frescoes which decorate the many ancient churches of his homeland, Italy. Like these frescoes, Spalletti's paintings emit a quiet beauty, their peaceful intensity inviting silent contemplation, almost minimalist but also utterly sumptuous. Spalletti's works require a huge amount of time and effort, and their smooth surfaces (which comprise a mixture of pigments and chalk) are built up and rubbed down, polished and buffed to perfection. Only at the very end of the creative process does the final, all-important colour emerge. In works such as Senza titolo, rosa of 2010 we find the soft palette of Giotto or Piero della Francesca restyled into the abstract, reworked for the modern age.

    Exploring the visual possibilities of colour has been this artist's purpose for over forty years, with many of his pieces harnessing the monochrome potential of white, light blue or pink, and also featuring the distinctive gold edges that we see in Senza titolo, rosa. Pink, notes Spalletti himself, is a colour often found in the natural world, but it is also a colour of many subtleties and endless variations: "Pink is the colour of the skin, which is never fixed but is transformed according to the state of mind or mood you are experiencing. Renaissance painters, in order to make skin more livid, used to put green under pink" (the artist in an interview with Christopher Turner, 'How do you capture a colour? Interview with Ettore Spalletti', apollo-magazine.com, 14 May 2016). The play of light is all-important to this remarkable work, with the expanse of pink bordered by delicate facets of gold leaf, all of it glowing with an inviting roseate warmth as light moves across its rich, velvety surface.

    Long admired in his native Italy, Ettore Spalletti's achievements were recently celebrated in an enormous retrospective which was held simultaneously at three of the country's most prestigious institutions, namely the MAXXI in Rome, MADRE in Naples, and GAM in Turin. Although he is known as a very private man who rarely leaves the small hill town on the Adriatic Coast where he was born, Spalletti's reputation across the rest of the world has long been in the ascendant, as demonstrated by large-scale shows at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Guggenheim, New York and The South London Gallery in the 1990s. His output over the decades has proven to be incredibly diverse, but it is for works such as Senza titolo, rosa for which he is most lauded. Although he emerged from the same generation of artists, such as Mario Merz and Michelangelo Pistoletto, who became known and part of Arte Povera movement, and indeed was linked with the movement in the early days of his career, that Spalletti's work was to evolve into something more sublime, more ethereal than that of his contemporaries. This is made clear in the present work: ultimately, Senza titolo, rosa represents the splendid results of a long life dedicated to the celebration of colour in its purest, most alluring forms.
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