artwork number 26
“Nice” (A Tribute to Matisse and Chagall) –
Cesare Catania – Contemporary Painting
Dimensions: 220 cm x 160 cm
Technique: Acrylic, chalk and natural rope on canvas
Inspired by a trip to Nice, Cesare Catania was captured by the beautiful scenery and rich landscape, architectural and artistic of this place. Towards the end of his vacation in the French city, during a walk in Spring, the Artist stopped in the middle of Massena Square and quickly sketched of what later became the subject of this painting. Cesare Catania represents all that he sees in that moment and all the memories that the beautiful city left him.
Ancient towers, old buildings, historic fountains evoking Greek mythology that mingle with the seven statues that represent, according to the Catalan artist Jaume Plensa, the seven continents. All in a well-balanced artistic oxymoron. In the painting by Cesare Catania there is also the woman Matisse and two characters of Chagall that are playing and twirling together with the street artists. Cesare Catania also dedicates in this work a tribute to the beautiful Salon Royal Hotel Negresco, superb and stylish hotel that reflects the whole French tradition of Louis XIII and art deco. The Artist is in the foreground wearing a “French” cap and it perfectly complements the artistic context that surrounds him.
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