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Lucia Romualdi

Galleria Arco d’Alibert

In a rigorous, almost ascetic show, Lucia Romualdi presented three largescale paintings and two smaller ones that register the change her work has undergone over the last year. The themes of water and memory have been constants in her work for more than ten years. The subjects of this work are in fact based in personal experience, in the seascapes, rivers, and gardens she knew as a child. These memories surfaced spontaneously, reanimated by the artist’s imagination.

The recent work has been cleared of a “feminine” complaisance that was latent in Romualdi’s earlier paintings. She has abandoned the pastel tints, the traces of a symbolism that made reference to sexual archetypes, and the forms that alluded to a narrative too well rooted in the fragile world of childhood. In the past year she has achieved a freer, more mature pictorial style, based entirely on austere white and black. Even the

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