jeudi 5 juin 2014

Paintings Of Degrazia And Munch

By Darren Hartley

A lifelong appreciation of the native cultures in the Sonoran Desert was the DeGrazia paintings. Ettore, nicknamed Ted, met and married Alexandra, the daughter of Fox Theater owner Nicholas Diamos in 1936. Ted and Alexandria left an evening ballet performance in 1942 to head for the Palacio Municipal to see muralist Diego Rivera at work.

Tucson galleries showed no interest in exhibiting DeGrazia paintings. This prompted Ted to buy an acre of land at Prince Road and Campbell Avenue to build his first adobe studio in 1944. The following year, Ted received a BFA and a Master of Arts titled Art and its Relation to Music in Art Education.

Ted established the DeGrazia Foundation to ensure the permanent preservation of DeGrazia paintings for future generations. This was an afterthought after he decided to set 100 of his paintings ablaze in 1976 as a protest to the inheritance taxes set on works of art. This infamous event became part of Ted's art legacy.

The mental illness Edvard Munch's father suffered from appears to be the root cause for the strong mental anguish displayed in the majority of Munch paintings. Brought up with impounding fears of hell, Edvard grew up with many repressed emotions that led to his work taking a deeper tone.

In 1885, DeGrazia paintings were extremely influenced by the impressionist artists. These were followed by works depicting a post-impressionistic style, which eventually became the style on which Edvard focused on.

Munch paintings depicted the darker side of art. Tones and shadows were used to depict the emotions the images were feelings, seemingly coming from the deep seating feelings Edvard tended to keep inside himself. This style of painting was considered to be a prelude to the German expressionistic movement, which came out with its own dark pieces.

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