show at the Academia deli Intronati puts the visitor into a favourable
mood, especially if the latter is a woman. Nino Gorni, a painter from
Brescia, presents his pictures of many characteristic glimpses of ancient
villages and studies of faces. Two walls of the hall are covered with
paintings done with mixed technique. A prominent part is the roundup of
female figures as homage to both beauty and the humanness of woman. She
may be seen here in the splendour of youth or in the shadow of decaying
old age, but always with the respect due to her inner qualities. Those,
however, who do not understand this aspect of the show may generically
qualify it as enigmatic. Beyond the paintings themselves, we are brought
to an awareness of womanhood as expressed by some masters of our times.
a world overrun by bad taste," De Chirico wrote, "the woman is one of
the few beautiful things that remain." Virgilio Guidi sees her as the
beginning of form that can expand into other forms. For Joan MirÚ, master
of surrealism, the woman is a warming fire. For Nino Gorni, finally, the
woman, who by necessity represents, and is the model of, the harmony of
the human body, also becomes she who displays her own humanness. The model,
although anonymous, is bestowed with personality for Nino sees painting
as a quest for depicting, albeit not aesthetically, tangible values. This
process of interpretation does not neglect the values of form. On the
contrary, Gorni respects them in a tradition that has only been strengthened
by the very superficiality of rebellions, revolutions and desecrating
fashions in art and the emptiness of their contents. Gorni's pictures
are fluid and harmonious, of a classical style. Such are his faces, innocent
nudes and a sequence of humanity in its sundry aspects. In appearance,
his is a peaceful style, devoid of torment. But beyond the rapid glance
that contents itself with surface aesthetics, he who lingers will perceive,
will feel, a sense of melancholy, of loneliness.
show presents one of the artist's aspects that, due to a lack of time,
have not been developed further: the sketches of his works that complete
and define his personality. One of the pictures of this kind was bought
by a collector of Chiusdino where Gorni has twice won the summer prize.
At the prize giving ceremony his Chiusdino friends stood up as speakers
as did Mr. Antonio Conti, member of the provincial administration, and
the mayor, Mario Govi, who for years has stimulated the summer life of
Chiusdino. This year Nino Gorni has participated as a non-competing member
with a composition called "Provisioning".
It is a painting which reveals the intensity with which Gorni sees the
world of the humble, the Venetian fishermen in this case, close to whom
he has long lived. His form of description is somewhat reminiscent, for
its shapes and colours, to Guttuso. Gorni's form in this painting is more
incisive, more dynamic and involved. The painter's relationship with his
work is of interest. He talks of it passionately and with great modesty.
"Art", he says, "is a goal you must reach." He himself is a craftsman
who places feelings on canvas. Each work grows out of a sketch with the
consciousness of the serious, ingenious craftsman.