Io che cammino sulle acque

By Mimmo Rotella SKU:189013

Mimmo Rotella's 'Io che cammino sulle acque' is a remarkable painting created in 1960. It is exceptional because of Rotella's unique 'Décollage' technique, where he tears away layers of advertising posters to reveal vibrant fragments underneath. This process symbolizes the transformation of urban culture. The artwork exudes a captivating blend of chaos and harmony, reflecting the artist's mastery in blending abstract and figurative elements. 'Io che cammino sulle acque' stands as an iconic piece that not only captures the essence of its time but also showcases Rotella's innovative approach to art-making.

35 cm

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Title: “”Mimmo Rotella’s Iconic ‘Io che cammino sulle acque’ – A Masterpiece of Décollage Art””

Year Painted: 1960

Mimmo Rotella, an influential Italian artist, crafted the celebrated painting ‘Io che cammino sulle acque’ in the year 1960. This masterpiece holds special significance due to Rotella’s pioneering use of the Décollage technique, setting it apart from traditional artworks of its time.

The Décollage method involved Rotella’s meticulous tearing and removal of layers from advertising posters plastered on city walls. This transformative process gave birth to a captivating blend of abstract and figurative elements, symbolizing the evolving urban culture during the post-war period. ‘Io che cammino sulle acque’ became an exemplary representation of Rotella’s artistic innovation and contribution to the avant-garde movement.

The title, translated as ‘I Walk on Water,’ adds an evocative dimension to the painting’s interpretation. It suggests a surreal and dreamlike quality, where reality and imagination intersect. The torn poster fragments on the canvas portray an urban collage that resonates with viewers, reflecting the fragmented nature of modern life.

The year 1960 was a pivotal moment in art history, characterized by a surge in experimental approaches and challenging the boundaries of conventional art. During this period, Rotella’s work garnered widespread acclaim, as he pioneered the use of mass media and consumer culture in his art. His creative process captured the essence of contemporary society, making ‘Io che cammino sulle acque’ an enduring emblem of the 20th-century art scene.

Beyond its historical significance, this painting’s timeless appeal lies in its ability to engage viewers on multiple levels. The vibrant colors, intricate textures, and juxtaposed imagery invite contemplation and interpretation. The viewer can discern glimpses of familiar faces, brand logos, and advertising slogans amidst the abstract chaos, inviting introspection on the impact of media on the individual and society.

Moreover, ‘Io che cammino sulle acque’ epitomizes the ethos of the Nouveau Réalisme movement, of which Rotella was a key figure. This collective of artists sought to portray the raw and authentic reality of their contemporary world. The Décollage technique served as a visual metaphor for the layers of superficiality in consumer culture, peeled away to reveal the underlying truths of life.

In conclusion, Mimmo Rotella’s ‘Io che cammino sulle acque,’ painted in 1960, stands as a landmark work of art due to its innovative Décollage technique, capturing the essence of urban transformation and mass media’s influence on society. It embodies the spirit of avant-garde movements, offering a timeless and thought-provoking experience to art enthusiasts and scholars alike. This iconic masterpiece remains an invaluable contribution to the rich tapestry of art history, eternally inspiring future generations of artists to push the boundaries of creativity and self-expression.

Original size:
130 x 92 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
50 cm
Maximum order width:
183 cm

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