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    ARCANGELO IANELLI
    (Brazilian, b. 1922)
    Domingo de Noviembre, 1964
    Oil on canvas
    62-1/4 x 51 inches (158.1 x 129.5 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: A. Ianelli / 1964

    As I think of owning an Ianelli painting as superb as the one you allowed me to purchase, my chest swells with pride. I am most pleased and most honored. The Bienal de São Paulo was the apex of my vacation. The "Emidio Dias Carvalao" whiskey at your studio was the most satisfactory cocktail I found in South America - it resulted in finding "my Ianelli."


    - John Simpson McKaughan, Jr., from a letter dated January 24, 1968

    One of the most prized artists in the McKaughan collection, Arcangelo Ianelli epitomized Neo-Concretism in 1960s Brazil with his organic paintings of monumental squares, rectangles, and stripes hovering on tonal fields. Ianelli's abstractions are never hard-edged or flat, such as those of the European Bauhaus or De Stijl, but rather gestural and lyrical. In his masterful Domingo de Noviembre (Sunday in November), for example, hazy monochromatic squares emerge from layers of built-up brushwork resembling geological strata. The preeminent Brazilian art critic Marc Berkowitz described Ianelli's work as quintessentially classical, noble, and harmonious: "In this moment in time - tortured, anguished, frenetic, full of doubt and premeditated - the painting of Ianelli represents an interval of serene equilibrium, of faith in beauty. . . . Arcangelo Ianelli shows clearly and definitively as one of the grandest Brazilian painters of his generation."¹

    Born in São Paolo, Ianelli studied painting in the early 1940s with Colette Pujol and Waldemar Cordeiro and worked briefly as a muralist. His awards are extensive and include the Premeiro Prêmio Leirner de Pintura Contemporânea, Folha de São Paulo, 1962; Prêmio de Viagem ao Exterior, Salão Nacional de Arte Moderna, 1964; Prémio Aquisição, VII São Paulo Biennial, 1965; and Grande Prêmio, First Ibero-American Biennial, México, 1978. One-man shows of his paintings have been held throughout Brazil and beyond, in Bonn, Berlin, El Salvador, Lima, Madrid, Mexico, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, Santiago, and Washington, D.C.

    ¹M. Berkowitz, Ianelli, Casa del Brasil with Instituto de Cultura Hispanica, Madrid, 1966.






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    Overall very good condition:  scattered small paint chips in bottom square.

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