Vittorio Zecchin: The Fairy Garden


Flower Fairies

A large scale triptych by Italian artist Vittorio Zecchin, titled The Fairy Garden will be for sale in Dorotheum’s Modern Art auction on November 29th.

Zecchin painted the colourful three-part oil painting in 1913. Overall, the painting spans 240 cm wide and 100 cm tall. Despite its large scale, the artist used a plethora of detailed patterns, adding gold leaf for highlights.


Modern Art in Murano

It is difficult to confine the artistic persona of Vittorio Zecchin (1878-1947) to simple decorativism as is often seen as characteristic of him. Zecchin’s art is modern art, and certain aspects are extremely innovative.

Born in the traditional glass-making capital of Murano, Zecchin soon had to confront the great crisis which that industry was experiencing. He challenged himself to renew the wilting artistic tradition, by incorporating visionary and personal interpretations. The result was the coupling of art with the most modern concepts of design.

Pattern, colour and a dash of gold!

Zecchin’s triptych expresses both influential artistic styles as well as his own creativity. He borrowed stylistic elements from Klimt, and used gold leaf to give the painting a new dimension. The aspects which most suited his temperament were translated into an entirely Venetian language. Isolated in Venice, he was in need of new inspiration. By learning from artists like Klimt, he was able to incorporate elements of the applied arts into his artwork.

His choice of colours are similar to those of late-mediaeval and fifteenth-century Venice. The vitreous and flamelike quality of the paint is reminiscent of a Muranese furnace. These colours are emboldened by a formal scheme of figures and background.

Zecchin has created a symbolic, mystical and enchanting fairy garden. Although his bold colours and busy patterns pull the viewer in, he has cleverly left plenty of room for imagination.

This exceptional artwork will be for sale during the Modern Art auction on November 28th.
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