ANNIBALE ESPOSTI’S COLLECTION
Annibale Esposti collections of contemporary Italian paintings include several artists who have pursued painting in the classical sense of the term, therefore avoiding video, installations, doubtfully tasteful inventions needing captions to explain what the artwork itself is not able to convey.
“Despite the diversity of artists and the different take on modernity of each one, they all share a strong adherence to the pictorial tradition.”
Therefore, despite the diversity of artists and the different take on modernity of each one, they all share a strong adherence to the pictorial tradition, featuring essential elements such as: drawing, color, perspective and light.
Annibale Esposti groups many collections of contemporay Italian paintings in one, paying as many homages as possible to some of the most popular topics in the history of art.
The hyperrealist collection
The hyperrealist collection of Annibale Esposti reproduces reality strictly, with as many details as possible, almost as if to create the illusion of a world that cannot be seen by the human eye.
These paintings pay homage to ‘60s US hyperrealism, characterized by urban landscapes, sometimes embedded in social, political, provocation and protest themes, by reinterpreting the main elements of the movement according to a current reading.
The Mediterranean landscape, a commonplace in Western culture, rather than real and actual, is, in fact, an abstract idea, the endpoint of many cultural elaborations.
The modern concept which sees in the Mediterranean landscape a naturally beautiful environment, descends in fact from a Nineteenth-century reading that inherited Nordic romanticism, which exalted the southern landscape as the elective place for poetry and a mythical golden age.
Indeed, in the 1920s and 30s, as had happened as early as the 18th century, the Amalfi Coast and Capri were once again the destination of Grand Tours, mainly by artists and intellectuals seeking political refuge.
Among these, especially Russians and Germans, who were fleeing from the regimes risen in their countries between the two wars and attracted by the “Sehnsucht nach dem Süden” (nostalgia for the South) that had already marked Goethe in his Voyage to Italy. They found in the splendor and wealth of the Mediterranean landscape the peace that their spirit had been longing for since the end of World War I.
This desire to leave modernity and the roar of battles emerged in expressionist painters like Pechstein as the push to escape the city, perceived as a truly devilish place, to immerse themselves in the enchantment of nature seen as the utopian and primordial Garden of Eden.
The main motor of the Annibale Esposti collection dedicated to the Mediterranean Landscapes is late Nineteenth century painting. It is a great tribute to the Impressionists, reinterpreted with spontaneity and freedom.
In the Italian contemporary paintings of Annibale Esposti Mediterranean landscapes collection, in fact, landscapes are drawn directly in the sunlight, which blurs the contours and enhances the colors and environments, which are both generous and enigmatic. The palette is enriched with sensations and feelings of a landscape still partly wild and definitely authentic.
“They found in the splendor and wealth of the Mediterranean landscape the peace that their spirit had been longing.”
The Sea Collection
Water, element familiar to man in everyday life, has always been the subject of many diverse artistic representations: from Canaletto, Guardi and Bellotto’s Venices within the 1700 Venetian vedutismo school, to the bright waves of Turner, to Courbet’s famous waterfall and well-known Monet water lilies and van Gogh ponds …
In short, water has always accompanied the history of painting.
The Annibale Esposti hand-painted Sea collection is to be considered a reflection on our time, which prefers cities to the countryside, with devastating effects on peace and nature.
Marinas, waves and water are therefore a peace offering, far from the frenzy of our daily life. In these paintings you can breathe the ozone, the immutable depth of the wind, the relaxed sea caressed by the breeze.
“Marinas, waves and water are therefore a peace offering, far from the frenzy of our daily life.”
The Still Life
The still-life motif is also rooted in the history of art.
Moving backward, we meet Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593), who represented it with astonishing irony, but also the renowned Caravaggio fruit basket (1596) and artists of the likes of Chardin (1699-1779).
Every century has its own light and interpretation of reality and the world. The new contemporary realism reproduces inanimate objects that give birth to feelings and emotions of an era in which everything is subject to consumption.
The Experimental Collection
The Annibale Esposti Experimental Collection is based on continuous experimental artistic research and on the use of new materials, derived from the post-duchampian philosophy, according to which every object or artifact can become art.
Therefore resins, powders, sands, earths, natural stones and metals play a role in the making of artwork.
Sometimes, the bulkiness of glutinous or glossy material and the insertion of various substances give rise to three-dimensional effects that become sculptural expression.
In some of these works, the painter highlights shapes, lines and colors, refusing reality. He thus homages early twentieth century abstractism, when artists expressed their feelings through shapes, light and colors, denying any representation of reality.