Modern Expressions at Artistica Barovier
Composed of spiraling canes and stylized murrine leaf forms, this Artistica Barovier vase could be seen as an abstract representation of leaves caught in wind. While the While the spherical shape is typical of Barovier’s work, the use of canes in this piece may be unique.spherical shape is typical of Ercole Barovier’s work during the mid-1920s, the use of canes in this piece may be unique. It is interesting to note that Ercole signed many of the Mosaico vases produced during this period, including this example, which was not standard practice.
As principal Art Director of Barovier for nearly five decades, Ercole was continually seeking new forms of expression. In the Mosaico vases of the 1920s he achieved a uniquely modern sensibility through the use of expressionist colors, naturalistic forms and geometric patterning.
Throughout his long career Ercole would return again and again to the Mosaico vases of the 1920s for inspiration. Famous post-war series such as Sidone, Parabolici and Intarsio, to name a few, can be seen as direct aesthetic descendants of Ercole’s mosaics. Likewise, the use of spiraling canes in this vase may have inspired later series such as Striato (1954).