Carlo Rossi (British, b.1921)
Still life with Pears and Grapes
Watercolour and gouache
24 x 38cm (9 1/2 x 15in)
Glazed with Gilt Frame
Carlo Rossi was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire, in 1921, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art, graduating in 1943, and in Italy. He was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1973 and of the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts in 1978. He died in 2010.
His still life works were carefully orchestrated fugues of shape and colours linked together and controlled by the geometry of the line.
Barga, a small town perched on the summit of a peak in the middle of the Tuscan Apennines, became his spiritual home. It has magnificent views. The many paintings of the hill-town are filled with warm colours depicting the red-roofed buildings, luxuriant foliage and represent magically on the canvas the full impact of the atmosphere of an Italian midsummer’s day. This painting with its figs, grapes and wine was painted here. Rossi applied the paint with great virtuosity, tempered always with his sensitive and poetic nature.