Gianfranco Stacchi (born 1930) * Voyage * Very Large Pastel on Paper
Pastel and Crayon, heightened with white, on beige buff Paper. Good Condition.
This striking work is by the Italian Artist Gianfranco Stacchi (born 1930), a Surrealist painter who is also a famous sculptor. Good Condition. Framed and Glazed but please note that due to its size and weight the frame and glass may be removed if shipped to destinations outside the UK.
107.5 x 77cm (approx 42.5 x 30.25 inches)
Voyage, is a fine example of the unreality of Stacchi's oeuvre. The viewer is drawn into the surreal mood by the beautiful androgynous nude which is confrontationally placed in the foreground. The immediate result is an unexpected sense of intimacy and desire for freedom, emphasized by the horse, which the nude embraces. Stacchi drew a set of symbolisms which create a dream-like, erotic atmosphere. The broken classical pillar in the foreground to the right evidences a desire to escape from the past in favour of the journey ahead.
LITERATURE: F. Calzavazza Indice Primo, Galleria Grandangolo 1986.
Gianfranco Stacchi was born in Rome in 1930. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and obtained a degree in Architecture. Exhibited in Rome and throughout Italy in the late fifties. In 1973 he held a show in New York (the Museum of Modern Art) and in 1981 he exhibited in Toronto (New Art Gallery). Magritte's, de Chirico's and Dali's influence is clearly visible in Gianfranco Stacchi's work. During his career he became a notable figurative painter of imaginary sets within atmospheres of unreality. Through these images, the artist never failed to involve the viewer in his profound questioning of the nature of representational paintings and of the expression of human desire through art. This is also visible in his sculptures through which Stacchi attempts to make visual poetry, or to make an art that appeals to the mind's eye rather than one of mere aesthetics.