“First I dream my paintings, then I paint my dreams.”
That’s what Van Gogh said. Quite odd way of putting colors on a white canvas, isn’t it? Actually, that’s one of the best starting point, especially if you want to give value and meaning to a work of art. It’s all about tones, lights and shades: each brush stroke can express a momentary feeling, a certain atmosphere perceived in only one instant. And then, everything changes: a good painter has to seize the occasion before its special feature disappears. And these Impressionists could do it very well. Memories of French countryside landscapes, views of this yellowish fields of Provence, solitary peasants working in a unique mixture of vibrations of light. And then, jolly faces enjoying the night in Montmartre, evoking a society with a picturesque soul. Change sensibilities, and new perspectives will try to change you too. Travel through those shapes of Cubism, those meanings hidden under lines that seems to be so far from their intrinsic logic. But, obviously, they can make sense, if only a drop of their message is able to reach your eye. They talk about a parallel dimension: a different way of approaching things. There is much more room to understand and give our own meaning to those figures, then the common refuse of giving them a chance to tell what they are and why they exist. If you let these odd souls of artists communicate with your most hidden and deep part of yourself, you’ll be satisfied by the experience. You may share their view, or prefer to take a more independent way of interprete and think, but you would never say you cannot learn something every time you touch their life shaped in their paintings.
Inspired by the “Thannhauser Collection” recently exhibited at Palazzo Reale in Milan.