was an Italian-Swiss painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and designer of concrete art.
Life [ Edit ]
Natale Sapone is in 1921 in southern Italy, in Reggio Calabria , born and attended by 1931-1939 the Istituto d'Arte "Mattia Preti". By moving to Milan , he had the opportunity at the Accademia di Belle Arti de Brera to study with Professor Giuseppe Palanti, where he was taught in a traditional 19th century style. Sapones artistic career was interrupted from 1940 to 1945 by the military service.
From 1945-1946 he worked in the home as an art teacher at the State Middle School, then to complete his studies in Milan with Professor Atanasio Soldati in the subjects of design and decoration. He then worked for the architects Peressuti, Rogers and Belgioioso in Milan. From the portrait of impressionist figurative Sapone was only after the war the way to constructive art and experienced it first as a shock.
Looking for work, the young artist came in 1947 in central Switzerland and worked as a designer and decorator in a ceramic art studio in Einsiedeln . After a stay in Paris at the Académie André Lhote Sapone came back to Switzerland and settled in 1951 in Frauenfeld down. Through the support of collectors and gallery located Sapone could mainly build in German-speaking Switzerland a large network.
Sapone away gradually from figurative image contents and sat increasingly deals with the basic laws of formal design. The geometricizing image orders, which are noticeable in the figurative works of that period, refer back to the development of the concrete formulation, which ended figurative phase in the 60s Sapones. Besides his work as a painter and sculptor designed Natale Sapone jewelry for the renowned company Bucherer. He also designed in the early 70s as a designer for the Rosenthal porcelain factory objects in ceramic, porcelain and glass.
Natale Sapone acquired Swiss citizenship in 1986.
Factory [ Edit ]
In the 1960s, Sapones painting changed significantly. The impressionistic style made an ever clearer colors and shapes square, which he drew from the geometric fundus. He found with constructive approaches to its own visual language, which he initially based on the circle put to then pentagram to find the ideal figure he varied repeatedly and thereby came to astonishing picture solutions. By combining the shape of the circle and the rectangle, and the formula of the golden section is Sapones plants in the artistic tradition of the 20th century be classified, along with Josef Albers , Max Bill , Richard Paul Lohse , Verena Loewensberg and Carlo Vivarelli . With the guiding principle of the eight-centric circle, about the movement and the way to Pentagon constellation Sapone has but can distance themselves from the concrete and create their own image formula.
Natale Sapone is one of the best-known representatives of the styles of Concrete Art of the third generation and the op-art in Switzerland. In his work, he hides the narrative element and replaces it with formal structures to speak directly to those purely on visual impact. Sapone developed a system of geometric shapes and vivid color tones, which serve as the starting-prototypes for his artistic experiments, until the final pattern is found for a model. Natale Sapone works can be found in public places in Frauenfeld and the art museum Ingolstadt , in the Art Museum of the Canton of Thurgau , Kartause Ittingen in Warth, and in the collection of the Kunstverein Frauenfeld.
Eight Concentric circles [ Edit ]
Sapones first works in the construction field, the eight-centric circles. It is a structure made of different arcs and lines. The inscribed in a square circuit is constructed using eight different center points. This developed further circuit variations and three-dimensional objects, called the Sapone movements in the 70s. With this completely independent works, Sapone created a special place in the field of constructive art. The new works were first shown in 1966 at the Galerie Wirth Berlin and received a small part of it in the collection Wirth. They were issued with the collection 1999 in Waszkowiak gallery. Documents: Berliner Morgenpost 10 February 1999 Waszkowiak Gallery January 15, 1999, Berlin's art calendar 81 December 1998 - January 1999. By orders for jewelry designs at Bucherer as well as porcelain Rosenthal Advanced Natale Sapone his idea of eight centric circles on the arts and crafts area from ,
Movements produce [ Edit ]
The real indicator Sapones Art is the circle, which was opposite the square and the square of some concrete neglected. With the variations of square, circle and circle segment he worked since the 70s. It emerged spatial experience dynamic rotations that he continued later as stringing and overlapping of circles on the basis of the rectangle inscribed pentagons. The combination of the Pentagon with the circular shape and the square resulted in the '80s up to the pentagonal grid system, a harmonizing classification system, which brings the variability of formulation options to advantage.
Pentagon constellations [ Edit ]
Sapone described the Pentagon as the perfect geometrical figure. With this simple basic pattern as a design principle, it has an infinite number of variants can be found on a topic. The confrontation with the Pentagon, from which the golden ratio results which acts prevail repeatedly in nature, but also in architecture, he brought in various materials to express. Initially Sapone works mainly in the technique of oil painting on canvas, and then expands the spectrum to the impeccable technique of enamel or acrylic paint on aluminum or wood. The inscribed circle pentagram becomes the blueprint for all the works since the 80s.
Intuitive color [ Edit ]
The rational system of order in connection with the subjective engaged not only as an immanent principle of the formal concept in creating Sapone, but can also be applied to color selection and color order logically. By deliberately set color tones, strict black and white contrasts and cheerful complementary colors the artist uses a harmonious color scheme, which combines order and sensation.
Free standing inter-knotted shape of glazed white porcelain, A1 Model 11011 and Decor 5113, painted in black stripes on the front and back in enamel, and with the sides left white
Sapone’s work explores the formal ideals of graphic design and constructive art, exploring the principles under which visual elements are arranged and appeal to the eye. Through a use of concentric circles and segmented line “Rosenthal Studio” forms a knot-like system of movement and overlapping order, the eight major circular diameters converging within a square boundary — each revealing its proportions through precise use of enamel paint. A vivid wall of colour along the pieces’ depth gives graphical pep and extends the sense of a closed and complete circuit — Capone carefully utilising a pared down and intuitive selection of colour from his ‘rational system of order and sensation’.