MIXED TECHNIQUE PAINTING ON SHEET (WATERCOLOURS AND MARKERS). ON THE BACK THE ARTIST'S SIGNATURE FOR AUTHENTICATION, DATING "1969", AND DEDICATION TO THE COLLECTOR. ARTWORK IN COEVAL GILDED WOODEN FRAME WITH WHITE PAPER PASSEPARTOUT. VERY GOOD CONSERVATION CONDITION OF THE PAINTING. ON THE FRAME SLIGHT SIGNS OF WEAR AND TIME.
MEASUREMENTS OF THE PAINTING: 44 CM HEIGHT X 29 CM WIDTH. DIMENSIONS OF THE FRAME: CM 61 HEIGHT X CM 45 WIDTH. PAINTING EXECUTED IN MIXED TECHNIQUE (WATERCOLOURS AND MARKERS) ON PAPER IN 1969 BY THE GREAT ROMAN-BORN ARTIST, GIANPISTONE. THE PAINTING DEPICTS AN EXCITING AND POETIC VIEW OF ROME AT SUNSET.WE NOTE THE BOLD AND INTENSE USE OF COLOUR, HERE ACHIEVED WITH WATERCOLOURS, A STYLISTIC FEATURE THAT HAS ACCOMPANIED GIANPISTONE'S ENTIRE PICTORIAL CAREER, WHILE THE BLACK FELT-TIP PENS, WHICH CONTRAST WITH THE CHROMATIC VARIETY OF THE BACKGROUND, DEFINE THE PROFILE OF THE CITY OF ROME, WITH THE ROOFS OF THE HOUSES AND THE DOMES OF THE CHURCHES, WITH A FRESH, MODERN AND ECLECTIC LANGUAGE. THE PAINTING IS INTENSE AND EVOCATIVE, HIGHLY ORIGINAL BECAUSE GIANPISTONE LOVED TO PAINT WITH THE GAZE AND HANDS OF A CRAFTSMAN. EACH OF HIS PAINTINGS NEVER RESEMBLED ANOTHER. GIANPISTONE WAS DEFINED AS THE PAINTER OF THE DOMES OF THE CHURCHES OF ROME, WHICH HE BROUGHT BACK TO CANVAS AND PAPER OVER THE YEARS WITH EVER DIFFERENT AND INNOVATIVE EXPRESSIVE AND COLOURISTIC TECHNIQUES.
THE WORK IS DATED 1969 AND LIES IN THE TRANSITIONAL PERIOD BETWEEN GIANPISTONE'S TWO MOST FAMOUS PAINTING CYCLES, THE CYCLE KNOWN AS "LE CATTEDRALI", WHICH HE EXECUTED FOR MOST OF THE 1960S, AND THE CYCLE KNOWN AS "ENTROMONDO" FROM 1970 ONWARDS. THIS WORK BELONGED TO THE ART COLLECTION OF ULPIANO QUARANTA, ECONOMIST AND FOR MANY YEARS DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL BANK OF AGRICULTURE. THE BACK OF THE PAINTING BEARS A DEDICATION BY THE ARTIST TO THE COLLECTOR QUARANTA AND HIS SIGNATURE FOR AUTHENTICATION AND DATING. GIOVANNI PISTONE, AKA "GIANPISTONE", IS AN INSTINCTIVE AND COMPLEX PAINTER, A SEEKER OF FOLKLORIC EMOTIONS AND A BOUNDLESS CONVERSATIONALIST.
IT SEEMS TO US THAT FROM HIS PAINTINGS COMES, THROUGH THE LANGUAGE OF PAINTING, A WORD THAT GOES BEYOND PURE SIGN AND PURE COLOUR. ALTHOUGH HIS MOST FAMOUS PAINTING CYCLE WAS THAT OF THE'CATHEDRALS' OF THE WORLD, HIS ARTISTIC WORLD DOES NOT STOP THERE. HUNDREDS OF DRAWINGS, TEMPERA PAINTINGS, ENGRAVINGS AND SCULPTURES HAVE SPRUNG UP IN HIS STUDIO-WORKSHOP IN TESTACCIO ROME AS TESTIMONY TO HIS FERVID AND PROLIFIC IMAGINATION AND OBSERVATION. HIS CITY, ROME, WAS FOR YEARS THE SUBJECT OF A METICULOUS AND CAPILLARY INVESTIGATION. EVERY CORNER OF THE CITY HAS BEEN OBSERVED, POINTED OUT AND EVOKED, WITH TRULY ADMIRABLE LOVE AND EXTRAORDINARY ARTISTIC NOTES.
HIS'ENTROMONDO' PAINTING CYCLE WAS DESCRIBED AS REVOLUTIONARY BY ACHILLE BONITO OLIVA, DARIO MICACCHI AND RENATO GUTTUSO. GIANPISTONE (ROME, 1929 - 2020). Born in Rome, in the Testaccio district, he began to express himself through painting casually, somewhat as a challenge, a path he had always had inside him and which suddenly manifested itself. He approached the group'I Pennellati' and after a few months he received the Career Achievement Award from the Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. Painting became linked to other art forms to such an extent that in 1957 he participated with two works in the'International Carrara Biennial' and in 1966 he founded the'Studio Arte Equipe'66' in Testaccio, where avant-garde theatre, poetry, jazz, international folklore and art workshops open to everyone, from all walks of life and to people with different abilities, alternated.It was a popular studio that he cared a great deal about, above all he felt he had learnt a great deal from all these people. His intention was precisely to make everyone discover this:'Everyone can learn wonderful and unthinkable things from each other, whoever they are, whatever social class they come from or whether they have different abilities'. Almost in parallel, he started a series of trips all over Europe: from Greenland to Greece, from England to the Soviet Union. In 1966 he made the first of three trips to the Far East, arriving in Indonesia, China and Japan. There were numerous trips to the Middle East, one of them by car, all the way to Kabul in Afghanistan. India is the country where he gathered the most experience, crossing it from the South to the North in search of an'absolute truth'. Since 1954, the painter Gianpistone has actively participated in major national exhibitions, winning over two hundred prizes (including twelve gold medals) in more than twenty years of activity. One of these prizes is the'Premio Enrico Mattei' (1974), a significant recognition of his work and new dimension of research.
There is also a'Gianpistone Ethnological Museum of Papier-mâché Masks', which houses around 500 papier-mâché masks that the Roman artist made, reproducing them from African and Asian models as well as Italian carnival models. Several video-documentaries have been published about him. In 2021, one year after his death, his works were exhibited as part of an important modern and contemporary art exhibition in the Sala della Ragione of the Municipal Palace in Anagni, entitled'I maestri del'900', together with Gregorio Sciltian, Domenico Purificato, Eliano Fantuzzi, Mario Schifano, Umberto Mastroianni, Franz Borghese, Ennio Calabria and others.Until 1962 he was a teacher, taking an active part in the research and staging of numerous shows such as: "I Cavernicoli" by Saroojan - Teatro delle Arti Rome 1958, (set design and special effects); "Aspettiamo Cinque Anni" by Garcia Lorca - Teatro Valle 1959, (set design); "La Peste" by Camus - Teatro studio Rome 1961 (set design, costumes and make-up); "Cantafavola di Don Chisciotte" by R. Berardi and "Il Faleone" from Boccaccio's Decameron (set design) for the "Travelling Folk Theatre" at the Reginella Theatre in Ischia in 1967. He also worked in sculpture and in 1957 took part in the'International Biennial of Carrara' with two works. Cosenza 1958; "Gran Renzelli" Frosinone 1958.
The Meetings of Youth, of the Ente Premi Roma, presented the first anthological exhibition of the Cathedrals in the Sala Barbo of Palazzo Venezia in Rome, in November 1964. The same exhibition was subsequently presented at Palazzo dei Congressi for the benefit of the International Social Service under the auspices of the Italian Red Cross, in 1966 and 1967. In 1967, he set up'Presepio Orientale 70' at the Palazzo dei Congressi, comprising 17 life-size figures of characters (iron and plaster). Under the auspices of'Immagine' Centro Studi Iconografici of the Institute of Pedagogy at the University of Rome, he presented'Continente Uomo','Entromondo','Spazio Magico' and'ScatoleTeatro'.
These same works were then exhibited in Spoleto (Palazzo Mauri Piazza Fontana) from 1 to 12 July 1970 on the occasion of the 13th Festival Due Mondi. The following is a list of his main personal exhibitions abroad.
A selection of the'Cathedrals' cycle and later'Temples of the Orient' were also presented in Paris, Munich, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Coopenaghen, Oslo, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Athens, Instambul, Bombay, Bangkok, Jakarta, Budapest, Moscow, St. "Through my painting I wanted to capture the essence of reality that I have experienced through real, many, and fantastic journeys".EVERY PAINTING WE PRESENT IS A UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL PIECE. IT IS NOT A COPY OR A REPRODUCTION. WE DO THIS TO OFFER OUR PAINTINGS TO A WIDER AUDIENCE OF INTERNATIONAL VISITORS. ALL PHOTOS ARE MADE WITH PROFESSIONAL CAMERA, TAKING CARE TO FRAME THE PICTURE FROM MORE ANGLES AND DETAILS TO OFFER A COMPLETE VIEW OF THE OBJECT.
SOME SLIGHT DIFFERENCES IN COLOUR MAY BE OBSERVED DUE TO BOTH THE POSITION OF THE PAINTING IN RELATION TO THE LIGHT SOURCES AND THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES USED TO VIEW THE PICTURES (DEPENDING ON THE DEVICE, PICTURES MAY APPEAR SLIGHTLY DARKER OR LIGHTER). THIS IS THE ONLY REASON FOR THE RETURN THAT WILL TAKE PLACE WITHIN 14 DAYS AND WITH THE ORIGINAL PACKAGING.
ALL PAINTINGS AVAILABLE IN OUR CATALOG ARE EVALUATED AND EXAMINED BY EXPERTS IN THE FIELD. OUR ONLINE GALLERY OFFERS THE SAME GUARANTEES OF AUTHENTICITY OF THE ARTWORK AS A PHYSICAL GALLERY. WHERE IT IS NOT ALREADY PROVIDED AND REPORTED IN THE DESCRIPTION, YOU CAN REQUEST A CERTIFICATE FROM OUR GALLERY OF THE ARTWORK AUTHENTICITY, THAT WILL BE DELIVERED WITH THE PAINTING. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF FINE FRAMES, THE VALUE OF WHICH IS EXPRESSLY INDICATED IN THE LISTING, FOR ALL OTHER ARTWORKS THAT HAVE A FRAME, THE VALUE INDICATED REFERS EXCLUSIVELY TO THE ARTWORK AND ITS AUTHOR, WHILE THE FRAME IS PURELY DECORATIVE. IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE TO CUSTOMIZE THE REQUEST FOR AUTHORS AND SUBJECTS NOT AVAILABLE IN OUR CATALOG.
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