“Come il vento tra i salici”

Valerio Berruti, Beppe Fenoglio e Kenneth Grahame

It all stems from the children’s novel The Wind in the Willows, published by Kenneth Grahame in 1908, and universally considered a classic of children’s literature. On the pages of an old copy unearthed in a London market, Valerio Berruti has designed 71 tables which, browsed quickly, animate the flipbook published by Gallucci. The subject of the drawings is a little girl, the sure trace of the artist draws it on the pages of the book while she is sitting on the ground with her eyes turned upwards, as if she were looking at the branches of a tree (of a willow). Her animation makes her the protagonist between movements and gazes directed at the viewer, creating a relationship of emotional interaction.
But this art book is also characterized by much more: in fact, the translation, now almost impossible to find, of Grahame’s novel created by Beppe Fenoglio, in which the story is transposed to his land, the Langhe, a place central also in the work of Valerio Berruti. The artist travels the world with his works, but then always returns to his beloved Langhe, where he lives.