Turcato Giulio, Descent in Blue
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1,982; mixed technique on paper in glass-reinforced plastic
cm. 61 x 93
Signed and dated on back of frame bottom left: “TURCATO GIULIO / 1982”
Inventory: AI02016AFC
Provenance: Bari, antique market (1982); Rome, Istituto Bancario Italiano (IBI) Collection (1991)

This painting, which was purchased at the Bari Trade Fair, belonged to the IBI Collection, which was incorporated into the Cariplo Collection in 1991. Biomorphic shapes in shades of fuchsia, orange, blue, green and blue are painted on fibreglass paper. The colours are fluorescent and the forms seem to move, almost like cellular organisms examined through a microscope. The work was produced late in the artist’s career and reveals his lifelong interest in the world of science and biology.

Giulio Turcato took part in the movements of Italian abstract art characterised by a marked degree of social and political commitment. From Forma 1 to the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti, Gruppo degli Otto and Continuità, the artist found himself, in the 1950s, in the opposite artistic camp from Mario Nigro, who focused, above all, on an analytical examination of the elements of painting. A common interest in the sciences and above all in matter and its components did, however, bring the two artists closer together in the mature phase of their careers.


Leo Lecci, Giulio Turcato, Discesa in blu, in Sergio Rebora, a cura di, Le collezioni d’arte. Il Novecento, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio delle Provincie Lombarde, Milano, 2000, n. 339, p. 313, ill.

Antonella Crippa
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