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Type
Sculpture
Subject
Abstract
 
 
 
Date
early-1970s
Material and technique
bronze
 
 
 
Measurements
120 x 70 x 22 cm
Compiler
Augusta Monferini
 
 
 
Description
The structure consists in vertical and horizontal elements, in another of the artist’s formal leaps, using the sharp contrast between light and shadow to accentuate the de-composition of the volume. Golden blades stick far out of the vertically-developed structure, cutting it at the centre. The design, basically similar to Mastroianni’s 1961 Figura, is a representation of the human form. Within the interlocking of abstract geometrical elements, in fact, one recognizes an anthropomorphic feature, in particular the profile of a mother with a child in her arms. In the upper part of the sculpture, two distinct volumes face one another: the first, that of the mother, is represented by shiny convex forms and shadow-holes; the second is tied to the first by a metallic graft.
The lower extremities that support the structure clearly reveal the intention to present recognizable forms. By constitution, Mastroianni is a figurative sculptor who has liberated representation from its appearances but retained the human image in its emotional dimension and substance. Mastroianni’s version of Abstraction, in fact, is a language with essentially a dual vision: on the one hand the problem of form and its plastic formulation, albeit rendered with the greatest possible internal and external dynamism; and on the other that of material, inclined to disclose, in its vibrations, the most intimate and urgent poetic meanings.
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