|Lucatello starts his artistic career
with drawings. It is a happy period during which he takes active
part in collective exhibitions and wins many prizes. It was
in this period, at the beginning of the 1950s, that neorealism,
a politically committed and socially involved movement, burst
out from the figurative arts to cinema and literature, and made
a high quality, genuine Italian. contribution to European culture
of the Twentieth Century. |
Lucatellos drawings that often made harsh references to
lifes hardships, met with considerable success, and in
the critics analysis he remains a fixed reference point.
However, to be able to examine his story more closely, it must
be made clear that, for him, the difference in genre was not
decisive: in his view, graphic work was just a way of expressing
a particular sense of his point.
His drawings are almost always done with charcoal and portray
countless female faces, also children and elderly people, coalmen
(who transported coal from barges to the deposits on the banks)
and, in the countryside, the cucumberpicker, the sleeping
farmer, the people
of the Delta (in the lower Po valley) and the riceweeders
in the Vercelli area.