Giorgio Cavallon



Cavallon is greatly admired for the quiet, contemplative nature of his paintings, the beauty of the colors he employed, and the subtlety of his patiently achieved surfaces. In 1933, he first met Hans Hofmann, whose dual roles of painter and teacher proved to be a lifelong influence.

He was a tireless looker at, and discourser on, art - crisscrossing the United States and Europe to visit museums. He absorbed the essence of several masters' work, including Cézanne, Matisse, and Kandinsky. The principal characteristics of his mature work could be said to be joyousness, spontaneity, and a love of both rich, "out of the tube" color, and a dancing, rhythmic line.

His compositions are rooted in a lifelong adoration of the Aegean landscape and Mediterranean light. Though he felt it unnecessary to seek out new subject matter and was disinterested in attaching himself to any organized movement or - ism, his work is marked by a remarkable freshness and vitality, because of his trust of intuition, his boundless optimism and open-mindedness, and - not least - the encyclopedic knowledge of art, literature, and the human spirit which he brought to the creative enterprise.

Selected One Person Exhibitions

Selected Public Collections