Ada Negri, born in 1926, was a designer, portraitist and painter from Grignasco.

She was also a dear friend to us.

Eccentric and extravagant she used to tell beautiful stories about the past, the work at the Filatura di Grignasco, the studies at the Accademia di Brera, spent with her friend and teacher Aldo Salvadori.
In her house, full of history, memories, books, paintings, the coffee pot was always ready on the stove. Ada used to call us from the window for a coffee, a biscuit and lots of words.
In our collection there are many of her paintings characterized by the beauty of the lines and colours; looking at them, it still seems to hear her shrill voice!
She passed away in October 2015 at the age of 89.

Identified in the pencil and in the pastel her own elective means of expression from the beginning, Ada Negri has engaged in a strong process of technical growth, supported by a force of mind of unquestionable value, from a relationship with the truly total emotion and from the example of Aldo Salvatori, her undisputed master at the free school of the Brera Academy nude, which the painter frequents with stubborn continuity for a decade between the fifties and sixties.

Her sign appears to be quick and secure and thick after sensing the brought of experience and the subtle intelligence that govern it. The range of subjects proposed by the painter bears witness to her daily horizon and the climate in which her existence takes place.

Each of the figures of Ada Negri is covered by a tension that takes hold of it totally, through a network of clear signs that overlaps with the strong main constructive drivers. The colour is allowed for short strokes (*), to enlarge the image planes with moments of tenderness.

From 1960 to today, the creative path of Ada Negri is extremely coherent and constitutes a “corpus” of works of sure interest, for how many comparisons we want to try within the fidelity to figure painting. Portraits, half-length or whole figures, alone or in pairs, of men intent on the job or of women, dressed or naked, often extended to occupy the sheet diagonally; figures of children and figures of animals. The iconic world of Ada Negri is understood in depth and witnessed with a firm decision without compromise, without indulgences, without euphemisms.

Alberto Crespi, 2003