All art is contemporary…episode #2

7 dicembre 2020

“Five works under 10.000 €”

In its Extended Edition, Flashback is presenting five examples of works under 10.000 € that tell us – through the strength of the image and the eclectic search of the artists – the interrogations which are still outstanding on the great questions of existence.

We start from Michael Butterfield, British watchmaker born in 1635 who moved to Paris around 1663, where he was nominated engineer by King Louis XIV and had Czar Peter the Great amongst his clients. The author manufactured the Horizontal sundial in engraved silver and glass: a sample surrounded by the charm “of time”, by the alternation of lights and shadows, by the need of Man to find the answers to his questions through science.

Moving to the Short Twentieth Century, we meet the work by Marino Marini, born in Pistoia in 1901. Sculptor, painter and  engraver  of classic background, from which he moved away to reconnect to more ancient examples. His work on paper Nude study, dated 1948, is a clear example of investigation on the expressive opportunities of archaic sculpture.

On the other hand, Giovanni Boldini, born in Ferrara in 1842, allows us – through his drawing Figura femminile seduta, 1900-1909, casting light on an essential aspect in the creative pathway of the artist: drawing, a technique that leaves him free to experiment new composition solutions and stylistic approaches. Through this medium, the artist surrenders to the vehemence of the pencil, satisfying an instinctive motion and bridling the idea to synthesize it in a dynamic tale, which contains strength and lightness at the same time. 

Meanwhile, in the East, Nakajima Yasumi, born in 1877, operated in the production of metal vases and sculptures, same as the other generations of the Yasumi family, which have been active in Osaka. The work is a Bronze Vase of 1930, Showa period with original Tomobako. This period is characterized by great changes and innovations, where the Western art played a very significant role and its influence is clearly shown in the rarefaction of the sign and in the incidence of Modernism’s sharp lines. 

Finally, the XVIII century Pair of majolica guns by Manifattura di Bassano, are an opportunity to reflect on the contemporaneity of arts in a conceptual parallel with the works of artists such as Mona Hatoum, who – through the Natura Morta cycle – replicates in ceramic the hand grenades, thus underlying once more how much the need to “defuse” a certain type of symbols runs crosswise throughout time.

In the image, on the left side: Marino Marini, Nude study, 1948, ink and acrylic on paper, cm 28.5 x 21.5, courtesy of ML Fine Art – Matteo Lampertico (Milan, London). Follows: Nakajima Yasumi, Bronze Vase, Showa period, 1930, height cm 30, original Tomobako, courtesy of Gilistra Japanese Art (Turin). Follows: Manifattura di Bassano, Pair of majolica guns, 1750 approx., majolica, width cm 41, courtesy Callisto Fine Arts (London).
On the right side: Michael Butterfield, Horizontal sundial, Engraved silver and glass, length cm 8 approx., width cm 6.5 approx., courtesy of Il Mercante delle Venezie (Vicenza). Follows: Giovanni Boldini, Figura femminile seduta, 1900-1909, pencil on paper, cm 29 x 23, courtesy of Bottegantica (Milan).