House and Hill
Oil on canvas
Prato, houses, hills is a landscape built through the skilful use of color arranged with small and calibrated vertical strokes, as if composing the tesserae of a mosaic. This way of proceeding is typical of the works of 1966 and denotes the purpose of avoiding any impressionistic approximation by entrusting a structure to the image. In this lucid rationality of the system, the emotion is not stopped, but is expressed. The painter needs to let the image decant to set it clearly with a dominated formal and constructive elaboration. The landscape is constructed, like other paintings of this period, according to a horizontal course, along abstracting polychrome bands. Color is the protagonist of the work, but as Guido Ballo claims, "in Zanella, color is never sensual: it is filtered by intellect." Green dominates in all its variations and nuances, interspersed with spots of brown, red, purple and blue.There is no separation between the sky, the earth, the houses, but everything is interpenetrated in a single light that softens the whole landscape, the colors vibrate one in the reflection of the other creating a sense of lively harmony Zanella turns attention to the world illuminated by light and with color and its vibrations it renders the atmosphere and light of air itself, dissolving the consistency of objects and the contours of things, the landscape becomes thus a single flow of light and color, the true essence of reality.The chromatic orchestration follows only internal rhythms, dissolving in them the suggestion of natural impression.The painting is characterized by an abstract and informal language falling within the lumbar naturalism do with accents of abstract expressionism. Silvio Zanella, as well as a painter, was among the founders of the Gallarate Award in 1949 and the founder and first director of the Civic Gallery of Modern Art in Gallarate from 1966 to 1998.