Oil on plywood. Signed at the bottom left.
Born in 1895 in Virgilio, in the province of Mantua, - From whose addition to the surname of the toponym probably free at the Latin poet - Ugo Celada studied first at the Academy of Fine Arts of Mantua and then go to the Academy of Brera di Milan as a student of Caesar Heel.
After the parenthesis of the First World War, to which he participated as a volunteer, he devoted himself completely to the pictorial research, staying also in Paris to study and deepen the new artistic trends. Already in 1920 he participated in the Venice Biennale, revealing his tendency to a lenticular realism immediately, played on the transparency of the bright and clean color, and on the meticulous research of precision. Nature death, bare, portraits, trompe l'oeil, came from him inserted in almost surreal contexts but very close to reality, in enigmatic atmospheres defined with a clear and precise design.
At the beginning of the 1930s Celada ruppe definitely with the current nine hundreder and founded an anti-innovecentist manifesto in Mantua, in which he attacked the monopoly of regime culture, and rather approached magical realism and the new objectivity of Coevo Sciltian. Since then, every exposure has avoided (it was one of the few successful artists not to be compromised with fascist culture and its celebration), living thanks to the orders of the Milanese bourgeoisie who loved it, and devoting himself exclusively to a pictorial research based on the objective description of the Reality, which resulted in 1959 in the foundation of the movement of objectivists.
He continued to paint up to the late age, dying in Varese at the age of a hundred years.
The painting of Celada is capable of blocking reality over time and space, in a way that appears detached, analytical and scientifically accurate (colors, reflexes, transparencies), but communicating - contrary to a total unreality - a great narrative pathos.
In the portrait presented here stands the strong realism of the reflections of the glasses and the details of the character (the vein on the forehead, the hint of beard, the tie moved), while on the other hand the aseptic monochromy of the background places the person in an indefinite context, Surreal.
The work is presented in the frame.