Drawings and Watercolours 1946-1996
“Drawing was undeniably a necessary and essential instrument for Cremonini, enabling him to express the impenetrable presence of a ‘natural’ world that was petrified in its existence. It was a world that, even then, assumed that there was no coincidence between image and meaning but, at the same time, it was one that demanded inquisitive research into the primordial origins of the now lost forms and identity of all things”. Giuliano Briganti wrote these words in 1971 about the graphic works of Leonardo Cremonini (Bologna, 1925). Almost forty years after his monograph was published, this new volume examines the graphic art forms of one of the most important post-war Italian painters, with over three hundred drawings and watercolours ranging from his early works at Accademia di Brera in the 1940s through to the most recent graphics of the 1990s. Edited by Flavio Arensi and Alberto Buffetti, this book contains several works that have never been published before and, for the first time, it provides a complete analysis of Cremonini’s graphic language, examining his best-loved subjects, with women, plants, animals, rooms, human perspectives, bathers, and mysteries: a world in which reality enters the irrational and the irrational creates not the representation of form but an emblem of all existence. Texts by Max Clarac-Sérou, Flavio Arensi, Giuliano Briganti, Jacques Brosse, Eleonora Frattarolo. Grizzana Morandi.
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: Flavio Arensi and Alberto Buffetti
: 29 x 32 cm