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  • In 1977 Antonio Gattorno built a table topped with six plain black and white tiles that he'd made during the 1950's while he was collaborating with Adele Wybrant.

    One summer day Antonio painted the table as he sat in the shade while Isabel tended her garden. He captured the table perfectly on the canvas. Each swirl and whorl in the grain of the wood was there glimmering against the serene yet somewhat moody landscape.

    Isabel did not like the picture. She told her husband, "It's too dark. It needs some color to finish and brighten it up."

    Antonio placed a piece of the watermelon they had been eating on the table. That was all it took. Isabel gave her approval. "The Watermelon" was painted into the picture providing a title and adding vibrant elements of color and life which combine with the solid manmade lines of the table to masterfully complete the painting.
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    The Watermelon by Gattorno. 1977. Oil on linen.
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