Lucio Pozzi

(Milan, Italy, 1935 - )



Watercolor and graphite on paper

24 x 18 1/16 in. (61.0 x 46.0 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Gift of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts an


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The parts of this triptych are named after figures from Greek Mythology. To the left is Mentor, who was charged with caring for Odysseus’ son while the elder went off to the Trojan War. Hermes, in the center, is the messenger of the Gods, while on the right is Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. After a brief affair with Hermes, Aphrodite bore a son named Hermaphroditus. The bold colors and loose style of these works contrasts with the minimalist style of Pozzi’s Garda 1, Garda 2 and 1 January, all from 1973, on view in the other Vogel exhibition gallery. Pozzi has commented that he never felt beholden to one particular way of making art and that it is imperative for him to remain open to a variety of artistic approaches.


title, signature, and date in graphite on bottom

Abstract art