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Emilio Tadini
Viaggio in Italia
, 1973

acrylic on canvas, 100 × 81 cm

A typical work of Tadini's transition from an iconism that unites him to the Italian pop atmosphere (even if the artist preferred to speak of a new narrativity, rather adhering to groupings such as the New Figuration) towards a poetics based on the figural fragment, often of cultured, with the result of offering combinations of images as clearly and synthetically defined as they are enigmatic. With these works Tadini approaches conceptual values, as when he also inserts words among the conical signs in a comparison between different protocols. The colors are still "almost punished" (L. Somaini), reduced to a very limited range of choices, as is typical of the artist until the great L’occhio della pittura (1978) which concludes a entire creative season.

from: Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro. La Collezione permanente, exhibition catalogue, edited by G. Verzotti, A. Vettese, Milano, Skira, 2007, p. 179.