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Vittore Frattini

United States

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Vittore Frattini was born in Varese in 1937 and was introduced to the world of art thanks to his father Angelo, a sculptor.His poetics grew together with his exhibition experiences, becoming more and more precise and essential: many are in fact his exhibitions held in the main artistic centers such as the Quadrennial of Rome, the events linked to the San Fedele Prize and the National Biennial of Milan. The painter does not neglect even the study and comparison with other painters and naturally makes strong friendships with artists such as Guttuso, who will also present his anthological exhibition, Scanavino and international personalities such as Graham Sutherland. Also known is the great friendship with the collector Giuseppe Panza di Biumo who strongly supported the project for the construction of the museum of his collection. The following words are taken from a writing by the collector who was able to read the man and the artist so well. The image that strikes me most of Fratini is the line, the backbone of all its evolution. Already in the seventies it appeared fundamental in his painting where it was mixed with a very emotional, very rapid sign, with complications that expressed a certain state of anxiety, the foundation of this type of art of those years. In the eighties the value of the line became even more basic and it is certainly the essential element of his painting. The coherence in developing this discourse on the line is the aspect that interests me most because it is difficult to always be coherent in a very long period. There are many artists who have a moment of great creativity, which then runs out quickly, they fail, they change direction, they change their way of expressing themselves, to maintain the same qualitative level. Therefore, I admire very much, I greatly respect those few who have during their entire existence a great consistency and are faithful to a fundamental choice. The line seems the most fundamental thing that hesitates, but it is, instead, the most difficult to do as it requires great concentration and attention. It seems an easy thing to draw a line of a surface, it seems an automatic, almost intuitive gesture, but giving it an expressive value becomes, on the other hand, extremely complex because so many elements come into play: the relationship between the line and the surface in which it is ascribed , the relationship between the background and the line, the color and the line, the quality of the color that is spread on the surface, the material that this color brings with it in the act of spreading it, are all elements that have a strong influence on expression. [...] Comparing his work with the experiences made in America especially in the seventies by the artists of color field painting, who try to express the possible precisely from the line - if I think of the works of Newman and Morris Louis -, we see that theirs is a very intellectual, very minimalist, very rigid relationship which, therefore, does not have the freedom of invention that Frattini totally preserves. This absence of rigidity and this personality is what fundamentally distinguishes Frattini's work and makes us understand how his personality developed in a totally independent way. A phenomenon that I would say very singular that does not depend on any example, a true creation that derives from its essence and is not indebted to any contribution. It seems important to me to testify here such fidelity, this rigor, this adherence to a continuous research that permeates all of his work.

By Giuseppe Panza di Biumo