Senza titolo, rosa, 2009
15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in
St. Moritz, Robilant+Voena, Ettore Spalletti, 5 July - 7 September 2019
He established himself during the 70s in Italy when the “Arte Povera” movement was revolutionizing the art scene all over Europe. As a man Spalletti may have been contemplative and quiet, but that didn’t mean that as an artist he was detached. He was equally inspired by the people he met as he was by the mountains and the Adriatic coastline – landscapes that informed the atmosphere and light in his works, not unlike Turner, who Spalletti admired.
"Light is very important. Like a colour is born… a painting of mine has an elaboration of nearly 20 days. Every day I find a colour… I work a paste of colours, that is quite thick, that contains pigments and chalk. Fundamentally colour is constructed on the reality of white. It is on white that I add the pigments, and I add powders to dissolve the colour. Now it is quite fun to do. Before I would always mess it up. […]
I did not know what was going to be my colour formula. It was something that I used to invent, that I felt, that I experimented… […]
This is my obsession. […] It is the pleasure to play with the colour powders, to find in what way and where can colour stop."
Ettore Spalletti (Paolo Vagheggi, Contemporanei, Conversazioni d’artista, 2006)
Ettore Spalletti died on the 11th of October 2019 at age 79. The artist left behind an indelible imprint on the collective conscience, in the signature palette of gentle blues, greys and pinks he used to slowly and methodically cover his sculptures and canvases. He will always be revered in Italy and celebrated abroad as the ‘painter of light’.
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