The town of Pietrasanta calls itself “Una Citta D’ Arte”
although a great deal of the painting
and sculpture exhibited there is not always to my taste or liking, there is a always
plenty to look art in the commune run or private galleries of which there are
Currently there are 3 exhibitions sponsored by the Commune Di Pietrasanta all very different to each other.
For me the most enjoyable was the small modest exhibition of Etchings by Fabrizio Pizzanelli.
All the elements that go into good picture making
are strongly present in these works, balance of light and shade, strong structural composition,
a wonderful sense of line all presented with an immaculate technique. I found Fabrizio who manned the exhibition
himself very “sympatico “ and enjoyed our discussions on his work and painting
in general. Definately one of the joys of living here is to wander out to the
Piazza for an evening drink and stumble upon work of such quality.
I liked his work so
much I bought this print.
Across the Piazza I
also stumbled upon the paintings of Paolo
Maggis half a dozen large rooms of mostly large paintings and in almost everyway
the exact opposite of Fabrizio’s
For me these were loud, in your face, images
presented with a jarring impact. Punk Painting, strong on energy and vitality
but lacking all the other qualities that go into making a good painting.
In between these two
exhibitions was the large exhibition in Pietrasanta's main venue the church of
San Augostino of Mario Marucci (1910-1992). A painter from Viareggio
It is rather
difficult to know what to say about these paintings of which there must have
beenwell over 100. I wanted to be excited by them, I had seen the catalogue and
had expectations of discovering really exciting work by a painter previously
unknown to me but as I went from painting to painting, liking a part of one
here and a part of one there I found myself wishing that the painter had painted fewer
paintings and had really pushed through hise images to arrive at
something much stronger.
He obviously worked fast and instinctively
producing a very large body of work but I couldn’t help thinking that his life
was more or less concurrent with the italian painter Morandi and how much more Morandi’s work had to
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