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Subject: abstract

Support and technique: watercolor on cardboard.
Made with the "frost technique" to obtain the crystallized effect in some areas of the pictorial surface, this process consisted of placing the still fresh painting in the actual cold and then working on it subsequently. The "frost" was created by the painter Pancaldi towards the early sixties and refined throughout his career until reaching the extraordinary results of the 80s/90s.

Author: Gaetano Pancaldi (Piumazzo di Castelfranco Emilia, 1922-2014).
The representation of nature and daily life were among the artist's favorite subjects, who was very active and well-known in the Modena area due to his activity as a poster designer for the Communist Party of Modena and the numerous exhibitions he held. A tireless painter, Pancaldi worked with unchanged passion until recent years.
Our company has purchased the entire Pancaldi archive, visit our website to see all the available paintings.

Period: second half of the 20th century
Origin: Modena, Italy
Condition: very good (look at the photographs, consider the age)
Measurements : 22.5 x 22.5 cm

Gaetano Pancaldi is a poet of microcosms, of distant and now forgotten worlds, of peasant and village atmospheres relived with naivety and sincere passion, with eyes full of wonder and curiosity of the children of the past. He brings to life the rites of the countryside, the patient work of the oxen, the timeless gestures of the farmers and housewives, the rustic and welcoming environments in which the foods had unrepeatable flavors and the stories were born to become proverbs and nursery rhymes to be passed on for centuries .
Paintings in which the colors and lights rediscover the clarity of distant springs, the joy of the flights of the swallows and the songs of the reapers, atmospheres in which the falling of the snow at Christmas or the flowering of the roses in May were magical events desired as if they were happening for the first time. On the other hand, he tried to make the hysteria of the contemporary world, without joy and without wonder, where the rhythm of actions is programmed in places foreign to man and his nature, unnatural, therefore, and almost cruel. The contrast is dramatic, the effect impressive even if more technical and, so to speak, forced.
Pancaldi's true inspiration is the lost world of processions and threshing, of the stables and threshing floors shining with golden chaff, of the chicks following the hens along the rows tilled by the toil of the spade and the hoe. There is a sense of the harshest fatigue in his paintings, and of the simplest and purest joy.
(Valerio Massimo Manfredi)
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