Sale: 295 / Old Masters and Modern Art/ Marine Art, Oct. 28. 2005 Lot 349

 
Antonio Calderara - Milano, Piazza C. Correnti nella nebbia


 
349
Antonio Calderara
Milano, Piazza C. Correnti nella nebbia, 1931.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 12,000 / $ 13,680
Sold:
€ 22,610 / $ 25.775

(incl. 19% surcharge)
Lot description

Milano, Piazza C. Correnti nella nebbia
Oil on canvas, 1931 .
Signed and dated lower right. 51 : 63 cm (20 : 24,8 in). Even in Calderara’s early representational works, verticals and horizontals assumed a pivotal role. The ‘Piazza C. Correnti’ motif is particularly suited to being a synthesis between these two basic directions, which end in pure abstraction in the artist’s late work. Calderara has arranged the buildings about the Piazza in such a way that they are depicted as resting on a grey foreground zone, which is viewed frontally. The two buildings on the right-hand edge of the picture-plane, a mast in the middle and especially the people in the Piazza, point into the sky, looming transcendentally over the whole, as directional indicators in the vertical. The composition conveys little spatiality via perspective. Other important challenge met adroitly by Calderara are the handling of light and exploring subtle gradations of colour, which later lead to monochrome and a preference for the most delicate pastel tones. This work can most certainly be viewed as an early Calderara, heralding his later detachment from landscape and architecture and opening up the way to non-representational geometry, colour and light. [LB]

PROVENIENZ: Collection Centro Culturale Bellora, Milan (with a label on the reverse).
Private collection Northern Italy.
AUSSTELLUNG: Mostra internazionale d'arte moderna "ARTE FIERA", Bologna 1997 (with a label on the stretcher).
With the artist's stamp on the reverse, there handwritten confirmed by the artist's wife Carmela Formani Calderara and dated 31.8.1981

349
Antonio Calderara
Milano, Piazza C. Correnti nella nebbia, 1931.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 12,000 / $ 13,680
Sold:
€ 22,610 / $ 25.775

(incl. 19% surcharge)