• “Four Italians”

    Groninger Museum

    The frenetic, sometimes almost hysterical pursuit of subject matter of Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, and Enzo Cucchi is only one aspect of Italian painting in the ’80s; the four somewhat younger Italian artists Domenico Bianchi, Bruno Ceccobelli, Gianni Dessi, and Giuseppe Gallo are more restrained and lack this exhibitionist temperament. The background of these four must be sought elsewhere than in the 18th-century Neapolitan baroque imagery with which Clemente grew up, the landscape atmosphere of Cucchi, or the heterogeneous associations of Chia.

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