The Critique

Vaninetti:"About Myself and My Painting"
Raffaele De Grada, 1966,1987, 1989
Wolfgang Hildesheimer, 1966
Nazareno Fabretti, 1961, 1972
Luigi Santucci, 1972
Sigrid Genzken, 1972
Walter Birnbaum,1975
Enzo Fabiani, 1985, 1987
Gritzko Mascioni, 1985,1987

Vaninetti and his fellow-villagers
Giulio Spini, 1960, 1997
Camillo De Piaz, 1960
Piergiuseppe Magoni, 1972
Giancarlo Grillo, 1970
Ferruccio Scala, 1960
Mario Garbellini, 1970
Franco Monteforte, 1976
Luigi Festorazzi, 1985
Guido Scaramellini, 1986, 2005
Carlo Mola, 1988
Eugenio Salvino, 1988
Arnaldo Bortolotti, 1993
Wolfgang Hildesheimer, 1966

Vaninetti is not only a figurative painter. There is an almost metaphysical link between him and his object, an object of his world and experience. In this he is a "regional" painter, in that he paints the houses of the Valtellina and its side valleys, their facades and dreary interiors, stairs and home implements old lamps, lanterns, candlesticks, and an odd glimpse into the woodland. Yet, what distinguishes him from "regional painters", in the sense this phrase has been popularised, is his mastery of technique, the spontaneity of his applying colours, which are always made a vital part of the object without constraining it within definite lines. (Vaninetti never prepares his paintings in advance: freshness, therefore, instead of routine). His passion originates from the object, so that seeing, feeling and painting melt into one act. Vaninetti refrains from seeking sensation: each painting is largely supported on a limited range of colours, from which, however, a surprising wealth of tonal values originates. Here, restraint becomes strength, and this is what underlies the resulting sense of calmness, the silence of the still instant, the balance.
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