Salvo in the 80s: Light and FormLondon
Leonforte 1947–2015 Turin
Signed on the reverse: "Salvo"
Pastel on board
30 x 29 cm (11 3/4 x 11 3/8 in.)
ProvenanceGalleria Toselli, Milan
Private collection, Milan
A solitary streetlight aims a cone of blindingly yellow light into the winding streets of a fantastical, almost futuristic city whose low, squared buildings curve in seeming response to the meandering streets they line. Salvo worked in a focused palette primary colors, privileging the red of the buildings at right, the blue of the sky, and the yellow of the streetlight. At the same time he explored their potential when mixed in the orange section of red building seen through the yellow light, in the green of the building at left, and in the brief purplish passages in the shadowy foreground. All is rendered with bold, dense, and tactile brushwork. This strange and unknown urban landscape seems to reflect upon the metaphysical compositions of some of Salvo’s most prominent artistic forebears, especially Giorgio di Chirico and Carlo Carrà, whose elusive psychological cityscapes sought to capture the “eternity of the moment” in physical form.