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20th Century Important Italian Artist Oil on Canvas by Giancarlo Cazzaniga



Beautiful oil painting on canvas 1960s by important Italian artist Giancarlo Cazzaniga (Monza 1930 Milano 2013). Work signed and entitled "wisteria". Work from a historic art gallery in Milan with stamps on the back. Work sold with certificate of authenticity on photo. Attention to the export of this article is necessary to wait for the documents of the Italian Minister of Fine Arts. Waiting times for the document are around 30/40 days. Biographical note Giancarlo Cazzaniga was born in Monza in 1930. From 1950 he attended the Cimabue Academy in Milan and during the 1950s he began participating in public and thematic reviews. In the early years of the second post-war period he was one of the visitors of the Jamaica bar, a famous meeting place for artists of that time. Here he comes into contact with the artistic current of Existential Realism, born in those years between the Jamaica bar and the Brera Academy and which saw among its initiators Bepi Romagnoni, Mino Ceretti, Giuseppe Guerreschi, Giuseppe Banchieri and Tino Vaglieri. What these artists had in common in those years was a new way of feeling the figure and reality of the external world, as well as the desire to find an alternative way both to the informal and to social realism. Giancarlo Cazzaniga - Ginestre al Conero, 2008, oil on canvas Giancarlo Cazzaniga - "Ginestre al Conero", 2008, oil on canvas. Cazzaniga joins the group together with Floriano Bodini and Gianfranco Ferroni. With the latter he shares a studio in via Garibaldi in Milan for a certain period. There were taken some photos that depict him together with his friend and musician Chet Baker and it was in this period that he began his friendship with two other masters of Italian jazz: Franco Cerri and Enrico Intra. It is no coincidence that the nocturnal world of jazz music was one of the great themes of Cazzaniga's painting. Giancarlo Cazzaniga - Jazz man, 1986, pastel and oil on paper, 49x67 cm Giancarlo Cazzaniga - "Jazz man", 1986, pastel and oil on paper, 49x67 cm. He held his first personal exhibition in 1957 in Brescia. In 1958 he was present at the exhibition "Young Italian artists" at the Museo della Permanente in Milan and in 1959, still in Milan, he won the San Fedele Award. In 1962 he participated in the XXXI Venice Biennale with a selection of works on the subject of jazz music, the Jazz Man. Here he was presented by Mario De Micheli, who described his style as follows: «Cazzaniga is not a painter who loves the harshness, the dissonances, the agitated chromatism. He particularly relies on the sign: a rapid, dense, allusive sign that makes up the image by approximations. Even the spaces in which his players are placed are crossed by lightning signs that excite the writing, making it animated by secret energies. In this way the vague or blind surface of his funds participates in the notes, the rings, the voice of the jazz man, it becomes a visible echo ». Giancarlo Cazzaniga - Water Lilies, 2003, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm Giancarlo Cazzaniga - "Ninfee", 2003, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm. In 1966 he was again present at the Venice Biennale and in 1965 at the Rome Quadriennale. From the moment in which the season of Existential Realism reaches its conclusion Cazzaniga will always remain faithful to the same themes and motives, but faced with infinite variations. Two subjects from here on characterize his work: jazz musicians on the one hand, nature and landscapes on the other. In relation to the latter two, Luca Pietro Nicoletti describes his as "painting in which objects are returned by way of signs and brush, far from any descriptivism, looking more for a" feeling "of nature in the tangle of flowers and plants" . Among the many awards obtained can be cited: the Suzzara Prize, the Venice Biennale Engraving Prize, the Fiorino Prize in Venice. His activity is accompanied by an intense bibliography and a long series of personal exhibitions in public venues and private galleries, in Italy and abroad. He died in Milan on 5 December 2013.


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    Height: 33.08 in. (84 cm)Width: 29.53 in. (75 cm)Depth: 1.97 in. (5 cm)
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