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Domenico Gnoli

Domenico Gnoli

Luigi Carluccio

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ISBN 13: 978-0-87951-026-8
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DOMENICO GNOLI, one of modern art's most unusual painters, had already achieved an international reputation at the time of his death in 1970 at the age of 37. His work has often been ranked with the work of Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, Dine and Lichtenstein, if comparisons-always somewhat afield-can ever establish credentials for a painter. His international reputation is attested to by the museums that have hung his paintings in all the great art capitals, and he is increasingly discussed as one of the unique figures in the art world of our time.

Gnoli's work is rich and lucid in a super-realistic style with subtle colors that somehow radiate light. His elegant, almost enameled , perfection often has the luster we notice in Vermeer. Gnoli has created an intimate world that focuses on single details with an absorbed, uncanny attention that reveals a household in a rumpled bedspread, the story of a man's life in the parting of his hair, the social values of an entire decade in a lady's brassi re. Here are passive people and objects that quiver with life, boats that turn into towers and towers that seem to be siling: here are the humble and banal mass-products of daily life painted in the most accurate and realistic manner that somehow transforms them into a source of wodner, beauty and pleasure.

The paintings in this book cover his last and most mature work, the period from 1954 to 1969. Luigi Carluccio's incisive text presents Gnoli's life and an evaluation of his work.

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