By Mimmo Rotella SKU:189042

Mimmo Rotella's "Casual," painted in 1959, is a truly special artwork. As a prominent figure in the décollage movement, Rotella revolutionized artistic expression by tearing and layering posters. "Casual" captivates with its fragmented images and bold colors, representing the vibrant chaos of urban life. The painting's uniqueness lies in Rotella's innovative approach, elevating ordinary street ephemera into high art. It challenges traditional notions of beauty and embraces imperfection, making "Casual" a powerful statement on the transience of contemporary culture and the beauty found in the overlooked. This iconic piece remains a testament to Rotella's artistic genius and enduring influence on modern art.

38 cm

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Title: “”Mimmo Rotella’s Casual: A Landmark Décollage from 1959″”

Year Painted: 1959

Mimmo Rotella’s groundbreaking artwork, “”Casual,”” painted in 1959, holds a prominent place in the décollage movement. This exceptional piece showcases Rotella’s innovative approach to art, where he tore and layered posters from city walls to create a mesmerizing and visually striking composition.

The décollage technique, derived from the French word “”décoller,”” meaning to unstick or take off, emerged as a response to abstract expressionism. Rotella saw beauty in the layers of weathered and torn advertising posters found on the streets, turning these discarded materials into high art.

“”Casual”” stands out for its fragmented imagery and vibrant colors, representing the chaotic and ever-changing nature of urban life. The overlapping layers evoke a sense of movement and energy, inviting viewers to delve into a visual journey through the city’s dynamics.

This painting is truly special for several reasons. Firstly, it exemplifies Rotella’s ability to redefine traditional artistic boundaries. By incorporating elements of everyday life, “”Casual”” blurs the line between fine art and the mundane, challenging conventional notions of beauty and aesthetics.

Secondly, “”Casual”” serves as a poignant reflection of contemporary culture and society in the late 1950s. The torn posters symbolize the transience of modern life, with advertisements constantly replaced and evolving, reflecting the rapid changes and consumerist influences of the time.

Moreover, Rotella’s innovative technique and artistic vision have made “”Casual”” an influential piece within the décollage movement. As a pioneer of this artistic approach, he inspired other artists to explore new possibilities for creative expression by transforming discarded materials into compelling artworks.

Furthermore, “”Casual”” has remained a timeless and enduring artwork, captivating audiences with its captivating and thought-provoking composition. The piece continues to resonate with viewers across generations, sparking discussions about the nature of art, the urban environment, and the impermanence of contemporary culture.

In conclusion, Mimmo Rotella’s “”Casual”” is a landmark artwork that redefined artistic expression and remains a powerful symbol of the décollage movement. Painted in 1959, this masterpiece captures the essence of urban life through its fragmented imagery and bold colors. “”Casual”” not only challenges conventional artistic norms but also reflects the spirit of its time, making it a very special and enduring piece that continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Original size:
103.5 x 78.5 cm (width x height)
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Maximum order width:
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