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Artist Zago, Tino
Title Quattro Stagioni #14 (The Four Seasons #14)
Date 1989
Medium Acrylic on Canvas
Culture Italian/American
School Abstract Expressionism
Catalog Number 1998.416
Collection Contemporary Art Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Gift of Ivan and Marilynn Karp, New York, NY
Didactic Information The work of Tino Zago is expressive, bold abstraction inspired by the natural landscape. His works are immediate, gestural, and contain a quality that is at once playful and provocative, as well as sleek, edgy and streamlined. In Quattro Stagioni 14, 1989, we see a dark center field with luminous white paint that gives an impression of sunlight. A bright yellow field to the right is offset with blue and with brilliant slashes of pink and red. We are invited to simultaneously experience the four seasons through the elements of nature, depicted in color as well as impression of place. Zago is a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy as well as Yale University. He has exhibited widely in the United States and in Europe.

April 2015:
Focusing on the act of painting and the essence of place, Tino Zago creates expressive, bold abstractions inspired by the natural landscape. His works are immediate, gestural, and playful, existing on the edge between imagination and reality. In the early 1980s, working in the gestural spirit of Abstract Expressionism, Zago portrayed the craggy coastlines of Nova Scotia, where he and his wife have a summer home, and the Dolomite mountains, close to where he was born.

Moving away from specific imagery to concentrate on the water itself, in Quattro Stagioni 14, a dark center field with luminous white paint gives an impression of sunlight. A bright yellow field to the right is offset with blue, with brilliant slashes of pink and red. Thus, in one painting, the viewer simultaneously experiences the four seasons depicted in color as well as the impression of place. Italian-born Zago received his MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy and studied at well Yale University in the 1960s. He has exhibited widely in the United States and in Europe.