|Giovanni Segantini, Spring in the Alps, 1897
Frames, it's said, are not to be noticed. They can however shift the perception of a painting, and that's clearly the intention with the Getty Museum's new frame for Giovanni Segantini's Spring in the Alps. The former ornate gilt frame has been replaced by a white Shaker-esque design that emphasizes the artist's modernism. Segantini is little-known to American audiences, and his Alpine subject matter can be misread as chocolate box conservative. In his time the artist was considered a radical for his optical empiricism and mystic conception of the Swiss landscape. Segantini inspired the Italian Futurists and was cited by Kandinsky in On the Spiritual in Art: he "always succeeded in creating abstract values."
|Segantini's Spring in the Alps in its former gilded frame (2019)