“A painter without joy and without youth, and my soul is always in a bad mood Gothic waiting to the end of the world.” The figurative confession of Mark Novati reveals the profoundly anti-classical style of his art and his way of feeling. Manifesto of this poetics is Made of chronicle, a work recently discovered and known to date only from the black and white photograph of the catalog of the Venice Biennale of 1954, where it was presented and rewarded. As is well known painting countercurrent Novati born in the ’20s – a consequence of the dramatic failure of his father and his mother’s death – and it is something completely new in the art scene lagoon.
This creative tension will continue – including rare and sudden recrudescence presses – until the ’50s as revealed by works such as swimming pool of the old (1950 ca.) And precisely Made of chronicle (1954). It ‘still a Novati pure painter, then, that makes no compromises with current tastes and winsome Post-Impressionist all the rage, all committed to continuing the research staff within the man, caught in a moment of estrangement in the difficult relationship with contemporary society.