The Pictorial Research

"The first of these moments is represented by those paintings, all of medium and small size, in which landscapes and still lifes seem to take shape by stains and signs

(shadows and lights) emerging from the "sensitive" backgrounds of the canvases, like luminous apparitions. They are geometric figures not yet well identified within the space, which take shape in a large and soft way, on a fabric that retains the layer without densifying it in the glazes or in a showcase surface. In these visions hinted at, by patches of light, by semicircles of signs, the handwriting never writes the image, it does not enclose it in a fully revealed organism, but remains in a sort of affectionate fabulous compromise with the stain: the composition, in some of these first abstract attempts by the artist are now organized as a whole, then a series of abstract notations and intuitions remain, as solfeggi for a definition

"Mental" within a sensitive limelight. "

Marcello Venturoli, 1964

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Maranò with Marcello Venturoli at the "Numero" Gallery, Rome, 1964

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"Maccagnani" Gallery, Lecce, 1964

Title: Search for Origin

Year: 1964

Dimensions: 121 x 61 cm

Medium: Oil on canvas and medieval canvas

Description: The work was probably exhibited in the IX Quadrennial in Rome in 1965. It is characterized by a beige background on which a gray rectangle is superimposed characterized by the lines engraved in the color, in a light gray abstract design four of the strips of red canvas.

Title: Conjunction

Year: 1965-67

Dimensions: 121 x 81 cm

Medium: Oil on canvas

Description: The work was exhibited at the Michetti Award in 1967. It is characterized by a canvas with a beige background characterized by a gray rectangle in which abstract designs are engraved that recall the ceramics created in the 1960s by Franca Maranò.

Title: The dullness

Year: 1964

Dimensions: 81 x 101 cm

Medium: oil on medieval canvas

Description: The work is characterized by a beige background on which a gray rectangle is superimposed characterized by the lines engraved in the color, in a light gray abstract design some strips of medieval red canvas have been glued to form an elevated rectangle.

Title: Relaxation

Year: 1964

Dimensions: 101 x 81 cm

Medium: Oil on canvas

Description: The work is characterized by a beige background on which a gray rectangle is superimposed characterized by the lines engraved in the color, in a light gray abstract design some strips of red medieval canvas have been glued.

Title: Character (Smile)

Year: 1964

Dimensions: 121 x 61 cm

Medium: Oil on canvas and medieval canvas

Description: The work was probably exhibited in the IX Quadrennial in Rome in 1965. It is characterized by a beige background on which a gray rectangle is superimposed characterized by the lines engraved in the color, in a light gray abstract design four of the strips of red medieval canvas.

Title: Waiting

Year: 1965-57

Dimensions: 121 x 81 cm

Medium: Oil on canvas

Description: The work is characterized by a canvas with a beige background characterized by a gray rectangle in which abstract designs are engraved (to which the colors: mud, earth have been added) that recall the ceramics made in the 1960s by Franca Maranò.

Title: Search for Origin

Year: 1964

Dimensions: 100 x 80 cm

Medium: Oil on canvas and medieval canvas

Description: Presented for the first time in 1964 at the Maccagnani Gallery in Lecce. The work was exhibited in the IX Quadrennial in Rome in 1965. It is characterized by a beige background on which a gray rectangle is superimposed. Strips of medieval red canvas were glued to form a 'smile' and a stylized 'bow tie'.

Title: Desire for Expansion

Year: 1969

Dimensions: 100 x 80 cm

Medium: Oil on canvas

Description: The work is characterized by a beige background on which a gray rectangle is superimposed characterized by the lines engraved in the color, in an abstract light gray and dark gray design.

Title: Untitled

Year: 1964-70

Dimensions: 80 x 120 cm

Medium: Oil on canvas

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