MUSÈE D’ORSAY, PARIGI, 1996
Vasco Ascolini was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1937, where he lives and works. Photographer of international stature, his works are on show in the world’s major museums and collections. In 2000 he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France. After a few years when he took an interest in theater, since the mid-1980s he devoted himself to architecture and statuary, obtaining major commissions from such museums as the Louvre and Orsay Museums in Paris. The image we see was born in the latter. A seemingly simple scene, where the dominant black presents the observer with the luminous white of the statuary marble. The black silhouette creates the scene, where the human being seems to become a metaphor for an elusive, often inadequate humanity. Black and white, these are the opposites with which Vasco Ascolini loves to dialogue through the skillful use of light which becomes the creator of the creative collision with matter, a universe of poetry.