Ideo pantaleoni

Ideo Pantaleoni

1904 - 1993

Ideo Pantaleoni born in Legnago in the province of Verona on 12 October 1904, he was the second son of Paolo Pantaleoni and Lucilla Sabbioni. In Ferrara, he went to the Dosso Dossi school of art and later studied at the art school in Bologna. In 1923 he moved to Milan where he at once came into contact with its art world. Milan at the time was the cardinal point of the geography of art and culture. Having begun in a naturalistic style with such subjects as interiors, still-lifes, landscapes, and compositions of figures, evolved an art that, immediately after the war, took to heart the experiences of the avant-gardes, became concerned with geometrical abstraction and, later on, realized the expressive force of Informale painting and developed it an original manner in line with the techniques and experiments happening at the time. The precocity of his “geometry” was summed up by Gillo Dorfles (who Pantaleoni knew from his very first experience with M.A.C. – Movimento Arte Concreta, of which he was one of the founders) when he underlined that “in the immediate post-war period, when non-figurative art of a geometrical-constructive kind – in other words, Concreate Art – began first to be reignited on the Italian art scene, Pantaleoni was one of the first to align himself with it.” In Italy there had already been a period of geometrical abstract art in the 1930s with two parallel and coexisting “schools.” Pantaleoni’s Concrete Art period covered the whole decade of M.A.C.’s history (1949 – 1958) and was not limited to painting but also included participation in various experiences of the synthesis of the arts that the movement had as one of its aims and which was to find its maximum expression in the “casa sperimentale b24” presented at the tenth Triennale in Milan in 1954. Panteleoni’s research was not limited by the rigorous straight-jacket of Concrete Art but developed, towards the end of the 1950’s, into a different sensibility that slowly, with gradual yet rapid steps, led him to subvert the order of geometry and move into the Informale area. From perfection to chaos, one might be tempted to say even though, truth be told, his Informale work has a constructive rigor that breaks down – or seems to breakdown – in paintings which are dominated by a movement that agitates the composition, a movement that has its distant roots in Futurism. The various varieties of Informale painting are almost all found in Pantaleoni’s work which uses splashes of colour and marks that enclose and imitate the action in order to compose fascinating structure that at times seem to gather around an apparently expanding nucleus and, at others, to display themselves as elements casually dispersed over various levels of spatial evolution. Increasingly – even when later on he was to return to geometry – he worked on atmospheric values in which the splashes/marks of colour at times break up into an extended third-dimension and , at others, become a liquid material that extends over the surface before swelling to become a “body” and, at yet other times, gather together – pure atmosphere – in the vibrations of circles, rectangles, triangles, and other Euclidian elements. This is a development that never finishes, one full of invention in which, looking back, there is clearly to be seen a surprising continuity where the remixing of experiences always manages to create something new. A development with a happy outcome of which the artist was fully aware: he wrote, “I have disembarked in a world full of colour, with a rational compositional outline because I think that for me painting is above all colour.” Luigi Cavadini Editor of the Ideo Pantaleoni catalogue raisonne.


Ideo Pantaleoni works

Passion

<p>Perhaps the most sensual of these works, each and every dab of paint applied to the canvas is like an open invitation for the eyes. The lighter shades of color are like dimples of warm sunshine ...

Outside of the Lines

<p>Cut from the same artistic cloth as Black Calligraphy on Red, the use of overlapping lines at the corners of the rectangles are explored further as well as large areas of empty space in and arou...

Patchwork Caverns

<p>A m&eacute;lange of janky stalactites and stalagmites push their way above and below and above again like a woven patchwork of colored ice crystals in a dark cavern. And yet, this infectious gro...

River

<p>An immense multi-colored dam has been cobbled together from salvaged, mismatched bits of stone and brick manages to keep the city&rsquo;s irrigated river at bay and from flooding into the blue v...

Experimentation V

<p>A tie-dyed scarf runs vertically down the center of the canvas featuring all the colors of the rainbow, adding a psychedelic flair to the overall piece. This is a pretty significant shift from h...

Mosaic I

<p>The levels of complexity increase tenfold in this collage of sorts. This is one of those paintings where the observer may get completely lost in. One observer might decide this as a bird&rsquo;s...

Experimentation VI

<p>Like secret precious stones of a long forgotten kingdom frozen in a block of ice miles below surface, the viewer may gaze upon this painting in the same manner as an archeologist after unearthin...

Ribbons

<p>The ribbons of red and black are draped over the white canvas like the halls of some secret and ancient society. Some are twisted into loose knots, perhaps from one of the newer, younger members...

Rising Blue Block

<p>Perhaps this was Pantaleoni&rsquo;s reimagining of children&rsquo;s chalk drawings and the graffiti that decorated the streets of Italy. The simple shapes shown here have been devoured, churned,...

The Music

Hundreds of the colored forms pulse, as if in sync to music.

Twisting and Flailing

<p>There&rsquo;s a great deal going on in this piece. To begin, the twisting highway of blue and white lines are like an octopus flailing its tentacles as it plunges downward into the murky depths ...

Kodacolor || e

Pastel fever has spread across the pale cobbled fields, slathering everything in faded purples and pinks and blues.

Tectonic Plates

<p>When a bridge&rsquo;s foundations are built upon tectonic plates this may be the result. The shattered remains drift in the dark blue depths below and the locals and tourists alike can do nothin...

The Bicycle

<p>One might get a touch of nostalgia from viewing this piece. The use of spray paint, the lighter color tones, and the numerous circles on the off-white canvas bears a striking resemblance to a bo...

The Nomad

<p>The nomad stands on the mountain top with a blue sky punctuated by a thick white mist behind him. He takes a deep breath, exhales, and surveys all of his surroundings. No matter how many times h...

Blue Handles

<p>Concrete Art from the M.A.C. period in Italy. The towering pink refrigerator-esque object in a turquoise backdrop is a bit more minimalist in execution. Notice the wide amount of surrounding unt...

Circles Born

<p>Throughout most of the 1960&rsquo;s, Pantaleoni continued to reinvent himself through his abstract works and the use of basic shapes as a starting point (in this case circles). In previous works...

Experimentation VIII

<p>The trippy, tie-dye composition of this piece appears as if Pantaleoni blotted the shape of a domino piece onto a wide strip of gauze using colored ink and an eye-dropper. Then, with the aid of ...

Halo

<p>For the first and only time, the model&rsquo;s pose takes on a literal 180 degree turn. Her free flowing hair, resembling loose yarn, carefully secludes most of her right side. Pantaleoni, worki...

Still Life with Concord Grapes

<p>A porcelain bowl cascading with concord grapes over the side like a semi-sweet waterfall. On the table touching the draping fruit is a single lime. At the right, a single green apple, and one an...

The Dinner Party

<p>After a multi-course meal, the dinnerware is removed from the white table cloth. What remains, could have looked like this piece, the stained rings of the plates of much food and drink. Sauces d...

Thoughtful

<p>Pantaleoni&rsquo;s artistic quest marches on, this time in this series of the human form. This model exudes a particularly melancholy mood, which is further enhanced through her body language. N...

Experimentation II

<p>The pulsating boxes stacked like a tower have been a common motif of Pantaleoni&rsquo;s other abstract paintings. However, the one element that clearly transfixes the observer, in this painting,...

Intricate Lines

<p>There&rsquo;s a great deal going on in this piece. Both the many intricate lines and blended shapes look almost as if this was once a perfectly proportionate portrait of some prominent figure, b...

Still Life with Fish

<p>At the center of the off white canvas is an oval porcelain plate containing two fish, with their heads facing away from each other. Below the plate rest two limes and to the right three bulbs of...

Subtle Illusion

<p>Pantaleoni took an uncomplicated, minimalist approach here, relying solely on simple lines and a single color. Notice also, that there are no defined shapes except for a few scattered remnants o...

The Hidden Smile

<p>Verticality returns once again in this final piece of Pantaleoni&rsquo;s early abstract series. From the top, the first two circles hover ominously above it all and are several lighter shades of...

Amaze

<p>This might have been what Pantaleoni&rsquo;s wood floor looked like in his art studio. Every splash of paint mixed with sweat is a little piece left behind from each of his many works. Decade&rs...

Foot Bridge in Venice

<p>The Venice scene unfolding here is a far more robust and concentrated outing. While the swatch of sky, columns of buildings, and the two stripes of street in they continue the faded color scheme...

Prisms

<p>This chandelier fashioned from broken crystal, pottery shards, and the artistic vision of Ideo Pantaleoni represents the last in this particular series of his abstract paintings. The orange frag...

Reaching

<p>The colors have cooled down a fair bit with only a hint of red and orange quietly seeping into a few scattered outlines. One might easily miss them upon first inspection, but stepping in a bit c...

Still Life with Pomegranate

<p>Centered in this piece stands a porcelain pitcher, paired with a porcelain plate of two lemons and a pear. Just to the right sits a pomegranate, a peach and a lime with a medium cluster of white...

Delve in the Realm

<p>Is it a wormhole leading to an alternate dimension? A chocolate coffee table swirled with marshmallow? A chest x-ray with a beating heart? Whether intentional or not, Pantaleoni&rsquo;s works th...

Experimentation IV

<p>Pantaleoni continues incorporating new mediums into his works and in this case it&rsquo;s the use of spray paint and stencils to achieve the desired &lsquo;bleeding&rsquo; effect. Every shape fe...

Experimentation VII

<p>The artist has skillfully harnessed the various stages of a sunset, weaved it intricately into a throw rug, and burned the edges black with flame to produce a tight seal, assuring that the natur...

Flowers

<p>Each year the spring season blankets nature with fresh new beginnings. Flowers bloom with majestic radiance and the animals bask in the warm sun. This piece encapsulates that same spirit wonderf...

Still Life with Three Porcini Mushrooms

<p>Upon a porcelain plate sit three porcini mushrooms, whole, a lemon, and two large bulbs of garlic, one of which has its roots draped over the side. Over to the left are two limes and a third bul...

A Coversation

<p>The Artist painted a thoughtful black surface supported by a dark gray and gold corner structure. The intrigue comes into play when he leaves the geometric shapes and brings the excitement of ot...

I'll Burn This Day

<p>One of the more interesting aspects of this work is its very pop art-like sensibility. The bold, radiant highlights surrounding the model, the mass of orange and red smoldering over her pinned u...

Innovation

<p>One of the more dense abstract pieces by Pantaleoni thus far. There is a gaggle of the common shapes and now feature three dimension cubes which gives the whole piece a tremendous amount of dept...

Jigsaw

<p>This piece could resemble a stained-glass window placed on a stone blue pedestal in total disarray. Now, imagine a blind clergyman standing before his congregation, running his fingers lightly o...

Provocative

<p>The brushstrokes are sweeping and far broader than anything previously seen in the other works. In particular, the gray spiraling lines that resemble the flames of a dark bonfire, take up a sign...

Rabbit Hole

<p>Pantaleoni descends further down the rabbit hole with another abstract series, beginning with this piece. The patches of yellow, red, blue, white, and specks of pink are all melded as one to cre...

Rhythmic Composition

<p>The Artist used somber color tones of grays, whites, blacks to strike a mood in this creative work of art. There are many unusual forms of swirls and vortexes shaped in deliberate places, with a...

Aquarium

<p>The numerous circles and rectangles are stacked askew as if they have been suspended in a mid-drop inside an aquarium and haven&rsquo;t quite finished settling to the bottom yet. The water is ca...

Experimentation I

<p>The plushy, washed out blacks and blues of the squares, the thin crooked chalk outline of the crime scene rectangles, the veins of purple to the left, the sharp contrast of the spheres, and that...

Slide

Jagged blue organisms band together after a torrential rainfall like a gaggle of convoluted cobblestones on the watery streets of an unknown city.

Venice Promenade

<p>Pantaleoni shifts his focus from the canals of venice to the city&#39;s more solidified promenade along the grand canal. While it&#39;s true that the waters still make an appearance on the far r...

Still Life with Blue Glass Carafe

<p>&bull; Beginning counterclockwise from the upper left stands a blue glass carafe placed furthest from the other subjects. Directly below on a white porcelain plate is a grouping of a lemon, a pa...

Still Life with Plum

<p>Beginning counterclockwise from the upper left stands a blue glass carafe placed furthest from the other subjects. Directly below on a white porcelain plate is a grouping of a lemon, a pair of y...

The Complex

Shattered remains of glass,tiles and polished stone, reassembled into a collage of color and chaos.

Instilled Blur

Cross-town traffic of the intersects one another across the canvas. The mélange of color and shape mash together in an abstract traffic jam.

Maximum Reception

<p>Mowing down the center of a blue field like a trippy slab of highway leading to an outlandish dimension where shapes are the dominate species, we begin Pantaleoni&rsquo;s road trip to abstract e...

Enlightening Journey

<p>It is as if Pantaleoni placed a leaf beneath a microscope and took inspiration from the wall of cells he saw through the viewfinder. He then thickened up the outlines with black and filled in th...

Grand Canal of Venice

<p>Pantaleoni&rsquo;s rather broad, almost playful brushwork here clearly marks the beginning of his evolution as an artist. His time in and around the canals of Venice sparked tremendous experimen...

Camp Abstract

<p>Yellow balls stripped with black are stacked four high inside a dark wire pen within the blue trailer of a cargo truck. They&rsquo;re all tightly packed so escape is impossible. The two captives...

Candied Orange Slices

<p>For the first time in this series, yellow becomes one of the more dominant colors here, surrounding the painting with an ethereal aura. The mountain of purple sugar cubes in the center backgroun...

Chips in Blue

<p>Chipped, off white and lime green tiles floating on a dark blue watery plane showcases Pantaleoni&rsquo;s gift for complex work in the abstract. The top layer of detail on the shapes begin on ba...

Cobalt Blue

The artist created a mélange of cobalt blue with tinges of yellows, oranges, and greens. Through his intricate brush strokes he created many layers of complexity.

Color Composition on the Diagonal

The simple colors displayed are quite playful, the actual composition is intricate and serious.

The Brink of Chaos

<p>T title of this piece could best be described as &lsquo;the brink of chaos.&rsquo; There are several unassuming rectangular blocks soldiered together as if they&rsquo;re on guard. The little bun...

Vertical Attraction

Translucent colored chips scattered in a vertical pattern over the blue canvas creating an ecstatic emotion of carefree love.

Funhouse Mirror

<p>Pantaleoni&rsquo;s white-bordered window to nowhere, closely resembles the reflection of an old funhouse mirror. There are layers of trails of the same image blending together, stretching into i...

Night in the city

A brash, explosion of color and light ignites from the canvas fighting for you eye's attention. The sapphire coated backdrop serves to heighten the effect.

Garden of Fire

<p>The artist paints his garden with fire here. The flames work the wild flowers up into frenzy, teasing them almost to the brink of an all-encompassing inferno. Some of the violets seen here and t...

Center of the Earth

<p>We burrow deep into the earth&rsquo;s pockets below the numerous layers of pink, blue, and green crusts. Down, down, down to the very center of the world where bright orange magma savagely gesta...

Construction Paper

<p>Concrete Art from the M.A.C period in Italy. The lime green backdrop is a change from the steady stream of blues that have dominated Pantaleoni&rsquo;s other abstract works. The blue and orange ...

Hard Candy

<p>Sneaking a peek inside your grandmother&rsquo;s knitting basket while she&rsquo;s having one of her afternoon cat naps, you might see something resembling this painting. Hundreds of feet of yarn...

Defiance

<p>To say that Pantaleoni captured a raw sense of defiance in this piece would be a gross understatement. And nothing drives that point home more than the rebellious expression displayed upon the m...

Growth in Stages

<p>During the same decade, Pantaleoni&rsquo;s abstract experiments would fluctuate dramatically. This piece for example, is unlike anything he has done before. It&rsquo;s so radically different in ...

Chipped Ice Tray

<p>Pantaleoni pours a virtual ice box worth of blue hued chipped ice on compiled onto the canvas. As ever, the old master weaves a deft hand when adding in the details of the work and bathes it all...

Crayon Granite

Like a quarry inside a toy box, Pantaleoni displays a more child-like sensibility with the color scheme of this piece.

Gaggle

<p>The essence of abstract art is the manipulation of the straight forward and fashioning unique, attention grabbing works. When Pantaleoni began experimenting with various styles he kept these rul...

Jewels in Ice

Jagged shapes cut like precious stones frozen in time. Pantaleoni painted with such creative abandonment throughout the decade of the 1960’s and beyond, always evolving.

Kodacolor II a

The janky patterns here are not unlike the natural formation of ice crystals on the surface of a frozen pond, complete with a school of orange koi fish suspended in time below.

Mortal Spheres

<p>Always within an influx of experimentation, Ideo Pantaleoni&rsquo;s 1960&rsquo;s era abstract work illustrates the artist&rsquo;s ever evolving creative process through trial after trial, until ...

Peppermint

Pantaleoni clusters iced geometric shapes on a blueish canvas with streaks of green ribbon using broad strokes of his brush.

Suspended Windows

Over a dozen broad white-lined windows float ominously inside the hollow of a silo. When peering through them, they reveal only mysterious gray interiors that blot out their true contents.

Shavings

<p>The empty oblong holes shaved out of the orange and white rectangles, give the shapes a sense of depth and character. Also of note, the perfectly aligned blue spaces produce a minor optical illu...

Abandoned Workshop

The partially blacked out backdrop highlights the gaggle of free-from shapes as the center focus of the painting. The forms of color, brings forth their presence.

Billowing Colors

<p>A white wall of billowing curtains, accented with streaks of pink, blue, purple, over a gray backdrop. The fabric has been sliced diagonally into two uneven swatches. This is a very uncomplicate...

Blue Coats

<p>Pantaleoni&rsquo;s fascination with simple shapes and monochromatic color is displayed once again in this piece. Blue coats the backdrop like an acrylic tarp. The &ldquo;eye&rdquo; splits into t...

Black Calligraphy on Red

<p>This piece looks as though it may have had some Asian influence behind it. The crimson rectangle scribbled with the black and white calligraphy-like writing, the ominous black dot hovering above...

Blue Grass

<p>The broad vertical brushstrokes that Pantaleoni drenches the canvas with here, bears a resemblance to stalks of sapphire grass swaying in the breeze with a great reddish oak planted casually aro...

Experimentation III

<p>From top to bottom: The pale blue planet of Icetonia that contains a whopping ninety- percent frozen water surface, an otherworldly glowing blue sun found and captured nearly half a light year a...

Ghostly Apparations

<p>The ghostly apparitions of husband and wife emerge from a wall of fog clinging to one another for support as the yellow-faced reaper shuffles them to their doomed destination, keenly aware that ...

Green Patterns

<p>The greenish tree trunk pattern infuses familiar elements from Pantaleoni&rsquo;s other abstract paintings such as the thick brushstrokes pouring down the canvas, the hovering black circle, and ...

Just Visualize

<p>Pantaleoni sits on the second floor of an Italian restaurant one evening with friends. Not too engaged in the conversation, he glances down at the other patrons below enjoying their meals. He lo...

Mosaic II

<p>Layer upon layer, each individual cell has been touched by color in some way, even if it&rsquo;s just a mere splatter. One has to wonder whether this was all calculated deliberately by Pantaleon...

Quiet Moorings

<p>The first thing that leaps out of this piece is the vibrant colors. The buildings surrounding the canal in particular, stand proudly with a kind of deep, yet joyful splendor. Also, there&rsquo;s...

Still Life with Citrus Fruit

<p>One of Ideo Pantaleoni&rsquo;s early &lsquo;natura mortas&rsquo;, this piece is a reflection of a traditional Italian fruit plate. On the white porcelain plate, rests a small cluster of green/wh...


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