Imaginative Art by Roberto Castellini
In this category of "Imaginative Art", Roberto works to portray the idea that emerged from what first inspired the painting. The inspiration may have been based off of some sort of reality, but it is the emotion that needs to be communicated. For instance, "The Smile and the Veil" (a pastel painting) is about the crystallization of a moment, a thought in time. The pose suggests a slight movement (twist of the shoulder, the floating veil) the head slightly backward, as when a sudden thought makes someone start. Everything frozen and vague, the color, the atmosphere should situate the whole scene out of space/time.
I don't know how useful it can be to describe a painting in words, as painting is visual communication, and not verbal. I don't want my paint to be too descriptive. I certainly agree with the Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé when he talks about the aesthetic of his poetry:
"I think, on the contrary, there should just be allusions. The contemplation of the objects, the image fleeing from the reveries caused by them, is the song: The Parnassians state the thing completely and they show it: Line that they lack in mystery; they deprive the mind of that delicious joy of imagining that it creates. To name an object is to suppress three quarters of the poem [of the painting in my case!!!] that unfolds, little by little, to suggest: that is the dream."
~ Stéphane Mallarmé (1842 - 1898)
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