Mantuan Chiarismo

Oreste Marini and “Il Maglione” by Nene Nodari.

Seated figure (unknown) by Angelo Del BonMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

Angelo del Bon

In 1993 Angelo del Bon started painting his first works in light tones: on his canvas the Venetian clarity blended with a rough subject matter, which recalled the traditional Lombard frescoes, while a scholarly primitivism reconnected to the latest outcomes of Post-impressionism.

Landscape in San Siro with knight (unknown) by Angelo Del BonMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

Pear and melon (1938) by Oreste MariniMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

In the same year, at the 4th Exhibition of the regional Workers' Unions of Fine Arts in Lombardy in Milan, Del Bon met the two young Mantuans,Oreste Marini and Ezio Mutti, thanks to the mediation of Umberto Lilloni.

Pier in Garda (1939) by Oreste MariniMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

Tribute to Facciotto (1945) by Oreste MariniMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

Landscape in Malcesine by Ezio MuttiMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

The following month of August, this little group met again in Castiglione, giving birth to that particular artistic variation called “ Chiarismo Mantovano”.

Landscape in Malcesine by Ezio MuttiMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

The sisters (1938) by Maddalena NodariMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

Still in 1933 Nene Nodari depicts a portrait of his master Vindizio,already marking an independent style and at a party on New year's eve, Nene got to know Oreste Marini better and started a close and devoting friendship.It was actually Marini who spoke to her about Angelo Del Bon's first developments in light tones, dated indeed in 1933, and to convey to her the charm of those experiments.

Boat in Malcesine (1941) by Maddalena NodariMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

While Marini switched between the sweet loving flirt and the narration of his art plots,young Nene's attention was driven towards the party that was forming in Mantua and whereby Del Bon, Lilloni, Marini, Mutti, Facciotti, Malerba and eventually Nene met between Castiglione and Castel Goffredo.

Portrait of Nene Nodari (1933) by Oreste MariniMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

An enchanting portrait of young Nene, proud of her bright yellow jumper as though it were a tiara, dated by Oreste Marini,not by chance, in 1933 ( presently kept at MAM in Gazoldo degli Ippoliti), bears witness of both their reciprocal enthusiasm for their akin artistic perspectives and the delighted and heart-felt outcome of the aesthetic research of her suitor.

Castiglian landscape, Giuseppe Facciotto, 1995, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano
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Vase with jug, Danilo Guidetti, 1950, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano
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Still life, Danilo Guidetti, 1950, From the collection of: Museo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano
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View of Castiglione (1949) by Carlo MalerbaMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

This fellowship brought to Northern Mantua a breeze of national and European culture.

Church (1933) by Carlo MalerbaMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

The fragility in the representations created by the school in Castiglione grew together with those images in which post-impressionist rememberances represented the humble and transient existence of mankind.

Court of the Isle of Mincio (1939) by Fierino Giuseppe LucchiniMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

Thus the painter became a poet, free to paint in lines of inspired splendour,not much what he saw but that which he saw and recreated.

Landscape (1936) by Goliardo PadovaMuseo d'Arte Moderna dell'Alto Mantovano

This is how a pictorial narrative originated, in the stillness of the countryside and of the hills close to Garda Lake, which was also devised with the land of sinuous and round elevations, moulded after centuries of man's interventions and farming.

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