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Storia catalana, 1959
GAM Galleria d'Arte Moderna
oil on canvas
51.18inch x 63.78inch
© Giuseppe Santomaso - Courtesy GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino foto di Studio Gonella - Proprietà della Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
Santomaso’s pictorial history went through numerous phases: the still lifes from the 1940s; the synthetic, Post-Cubist paintings of the early postwar period, already well represented in the GAM collection by a significant work, Peschereccio (Fishing Boat), 1951; then, a bit later, the experience of Informel painting; and, finally, the late works, enveloped in a dusty light, broken only by a disembodied architectural division of the space.
Placed alongside one another, Peschereccio and the work acquired for the CRT Collection, Storia Catalana (Catalan Story), 1959, constitute a significant example of the painter’s two most important periods. [...]