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Cesare Tacchi (Rome 1940-2014), With red band

Oil on paper cm 67 x 96 signed (Cesare Tacchi), entitled, located (Roma) and dated (1963) on the back, and dated (63) and entitled lower right. The work is currently being archived at the Cesare Tacchi archive, curated by Gaia Lisa Tacchi.

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1962 for Cesare Tacchi is a year of great changes, perhaps the year in which he acquires the awareness of having found his way. He writes with enthusiasm on a diary in the pages corresponding to August 1962: “In the first months of 1962 I began to draw the first papers. They were racing cars (…) I began to discover a world, a more physical reality more concrete (…) a pulsating world (…) I began to see, to perceive the world in a new way “. The artist refers to a series of drawings in which race cars and other elements appear in the automobile tracks, such as the black and white checkered flag that the race commissioner waves at the finish line or the writings that indicate the refueling areas of the petrol. An important aspect of this series of works is that they are always details. On the particular, as is known, other Roman artists work from this period and each in a different way, from Mario Schifano to Tano Festa, from Sergio Lombardo to Renato Mambor.

Cesare Tacchi

Of the ultra-modern racing cars whose shapes and surfaces are exceptionally smooth and aerodynamic, Tacchi captures a portion in which the already essential car design is summarized in flat colored areas: above all red, green and black (the black of the tires, the red and green of the sheets). The passion for motor racing led him to his brother Claudio, a little older than him, a professional goldsmith who, when he can, buys machines, sometimes prototypes like the one in which Tacchi appears in a photo dating back to 1964. The images from he draws the drawings are those cut out from newspapers and magazines- “Quattroruote” comes out from 1956 – so much so that his room is “full of car magazines”.

In the sheet presented here we can guess some stages of his process: probably taken from a photograph, he draws in pencil, inscribed in a square, the cabin of a car and with a red rectangle circumscribes a detail, highlighting its flaming body.