Alberto Savinio, Matter in transformation

Alberto Savinio, Matter in transformation, 1951
Alberto Savinio, Matter in transformation, 1951

In the tempera paintings created in the early fifties by Alberto Savinio, new types of "apparitions" appear. Nature and people are on the verge of becoming magmatic and uncontrollable matter, affected by the same process of decomposition.

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Savinio considered revealing the unpleasant and even monstrous aspects of reality through art to be a conscious act of depicting the void that lurks in myth and one's personal history. Even if this last act is experienced with the lightness or acceptance of Stoic philosophers, the serenity is just a foretaste of death.

Alberto Savinio
(Athens 1891 - Rome 1952)

Matter in transformation, 1951
Charcoal, watercolor and tempera on paper, 460 x 630 mm
Signed and dated lower right: Savinio 1951

Private collection, Rome; Private collection, Bergamo


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