Thursday, January 24, 2008

Shaping Nature with Color

Le Talisman, 1888 by Paul Serusier, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

Serusier was strongly influenced by Post Impressionist Paul Gauguin's bright and bold works and this painting represents nature broken into blocks of color. What makes the Nabis artists different from the Abstract Expressionists who saw their work as a revolution, is that the Nabis saw theirs as a bold new interpretation of their world, rather than a revolution against tradition.


michele omiccioli said...

I agree with you. But "a new interpretation of their world" is extremely near to "a revolution of the tradition". To create a new world is the most revolutionary action possible. And the really curious thing about painting is that the most important is painting itself. As a sort of not mantained proomise they don't activate a new innovation. I always remember Denis' words: 'every painting, with horses or flowers, are first of all agglomerate of blurs of colors matched with a precise sensibility'. words of 1880 (sorry dont know the exact period!...)

I guess it happened quite the same with some paintings of Fourties by Pollock-Kamrowski-Gorky(if Im not wrong). Dripping is used for the really first time but without any conscience of it (a sort of decoration without meaning in a painting theory).

PS: Into the Ducal Palace of Urbin, the doors of the dukes' bedroom are depicted by Baccio Pontelli with somewhat as similar as a dripping tecnique (1480). Some critics say that's the first example of abstraction in western culture!

am said...

O, this is so beautiful! Nothing but color. In this instance, color is all that is needed. I am not familiar with Paul Serusier or at least I had forgotten about him. Thanks so much.

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