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The Horse in the Works of Aligi Sassu.
The Horse in the Works of Aligi Sassu, from the exhibition “IPPOS – First Novecento Italiano” The Horse between the Art of Myth and Legend “Besana in Brianza – 6 October / 18 November 2007, courtesy of the Fondazione Amici dell’Arte by Aligi Sassu, whom we thank.
“Painting I understood it as a soul creation, as a dictation of the most intimate and natural feelings. Of course, it happens that the stimulus comes from the outside world, but if he does not marry well with what is in his soul, he remains knowledge but does not become a painter “(Aligi Sassu).
The horse in the works of Aligi Sassu: In his works we find horses returned by painting, with pottery and with bronze. Horses that appear to emerge from the bowels of the earth or emerged from the sea, in mythological transpositions. Horses painted in a warm “red” color that links them to the “fire” element, meaning “destruction” or, on the contrary, “regeneration”.
But we also find horses painted with a white that connects to the fertile symbol of the “water” element and the birth of Venus. Perhaps in tribute to the ancient shamanic experiences.
From Mallorca, in 1973, the Master writes “Yes, I continue to paint and draw horses, not frivolous because they come from the recesses of the soul; every time an idea comes to my mind (so it seems to me a certain Raffaello da Urbino) or arde, a subtle image of pure pictorial matter concretizes … ”
Horse is therefore a constant source of inspiration that Aligi Sassu faces with the “weapons” of art. So a pure pictorial and plastic matter gives life to his horses – we think of the cycle of “red men” and the theme of the Mediterranean. They are wild foals that have the wind-crushed mane that fluttered in “infuriated” landscapes or infinite space, with ardor and timidity.
“Painting is poetry before being truth, painting gives shape to drawing, poetry to my consciousness to my utopia, an art that is the truth, the true splendid truth, which is never the reduction to the everyday, but the myth of an absolute future world, a hypothesis that falls in the present the past, but also the future, what will be and is (…) So the word of a poet is for me truth, soul nature, a prophecy of that what I did, what I have to do “(MZ).
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