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Antonio Sanfilippo, Blu verde azzurro
Material and technique
tempera on canvas
146 x 198 cm
Fabrizio D'Amico
A hundred figures wander in pursuit of one another on the monochrome surface. It is as if they were weaving a dance: untouched by shadow and with no chiaroscuro to evoke their weight and volume, they appear to play at saturating the space in an irrepressible riot of colour, with whites, greens and blues ringing out.
Shortly before its execution, Sanfilippo had abandoned his method of constructing an imposing “figure” in the rectangle of the canvas – a cloud or galaxy that, fuelled by a fine dust of tiny signs, streaked through the space of the composition like a questioning monad. Now, in the mid-1970s, he began to seek what he would call, summarizing the various phases of his artistic career, “the enlargement of the sign”. In this way he would attain a joyous dimension of painting, veined with levity, enchantment and irony, and very far removed from that fiercely constructive meaning which in the same period characterized Capogrossi’s brushwork and, at least in part, that of Carla Accardi.
This painting was exhibited for the first time in Venice, in a major personal exhibition devoted to his work by the 33rd Biennale, at  a time when international acclaim for his work was at its height.
Blu verde azzurro
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