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Gian Berto Vanni
Tanagra I - Small Abstract Painting with Red, Green, and Blue Colors

1999

$2,250

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G. B. Vanni's Tanagra I is a small abstract 10 x 8 inches painting. The technique is egg tempera, and the main colors are green, red, and blue. The blue and green colors create a beautiful contrast with the gold and bright red organic shapes of the center, reminiscent of the erupting lava from a volcanic explosion. It is not framed. Framing upon request. This painting is part of a body of work in very small formats that G. B. Vanni created since the late 1980s. For these small precious paintings, Vanni used a very unique and ancient technique called egg tempera, widely used by the 14th-century Italian school of Siena and the artists of the Early Italian Renaissance. It employs an emulsion of water and egg yolks to bind the color pigments. The tempera is typically applied onto wood panels prepared with layers of gesso to form a smooth surface. The tempera is then applied and built up slowly in a series of thin, transparent layers. The geometry of the warm color fields dividing the surface is counterbalanced by the organic shapes of the red clouds. The intentional cracking of the surface gives this work an aura of antiquity. Gian Berto Vanni was born in Rome. He studied with Vordemberge-Gildewart in Holland and color theory with Joseph Albers at Yale University in New Haven. He has been actively involved in the Italian Art scene of the 60s, moving to New York City at the end of the 70s. He thought color theory at the Cooper Union School of Art in NYC for over 30 years. His works have been shown in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Related Keywords: Geometrical Painting, Abstract Painting, Red, Yellow, Green, Egg Tempera Painting, Ancient Painting Techniques

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