Albino Lucatello (19271984) was one of the most important
Venetian painters of the postwar period (see
biography). His paintings can be divided into two main periods
which were inspired by the regions where he lived: Venice and Friuli.
As a young man, after a series of impressionist paintings of the
Venetian lagoon, Lucatello started an intense period of sketches.
He drew coalmen, riceweeders, emarginated people, and many
female figures that are strictly part of the neorealist genre.
Then he painted The roof-tops, the vegetable gardens, the deltas
and at the same time exhibited his work. He won the Tursi prize
at the Biennale and even signed a contract with an American gallery.
He organised personal exhibitions and participated in collective
exhibitions in the USA and in all of the main European countries.
The second period started in 1962 when he moved Friuli. Regardless
of the fact that he brought with him the colours and the wide brush
stokes from the Venetian tradition and his dominant personality
it was as if he had been reborn. In Friuli Lucatello continued
to be a realist artist, even in his original conception of the term,
and found the subject matter suitable to his character: a rough,
dry, essential earth, in which it is nonetheless possible to gather
infinite lyric and passionate variants. His periods
follow on from each other from the Tagliamenti to the Earths, Sunsets,
Suns, Obstacles, and Countrysides of Friuli until the Musi (the
mountains around Tarcento, where he lived) that were interrupted
by his untimely death.
In Venice Lucatello had become significantly wellknown, but
in Friuli, even though he participated in the regions cultural
life, he chose to live on the edges of the artistic history of the
translated by Rebecca N. Kay