Uomo in un Interno
Alberto Sughi, Uomo in un interno (Man in an interior), 1967
The painting on the easel Uomo in un interno (Man in an interior) was one of those interiors from the later years of this period, in which there was always an individual, alone, acting as the focal point of the work. Sughi depicts haggard people, as though sculpted by his experience of life, of the world and human relationships. We cannot say whether he loves these people, whom the painter has spontaneously and metaphorically gathered together in his studio with a story to tell. Instead, he places them in a space and context of their own. They sit, composed, static, in an eternity of time, a little trusting but also confused, in an armchair which defines their destiny... They pose as for a portrait, but with the unsuspecting responsibility of an event, or a time, of which they cannot predict the consequences. The painter, prompted by his imagination and by the context and furnishings, surrounds them with objects that have by now become the familiar, ritual objects of many of his paintings. Desk lamps, vases and porcelain flower pots, exotic and ornamental plants, intriguing leaves, that look as though they have been shaped from shiny green card with a pair of scissors, the foot and three curved legs of a nineteenth-century Umbertian table. There are orchids, with their inevitable anatomical allusions, a circular, toiletry mirror, and a clutter of headrests, armrests and armchairs. The subject will never be able to escape beyond these barriers.
Giuseppe Raimondi (1967)
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