Friday, December 28, 2012

Painting the Invisible




Giuseppe de Nittis, The Sea during a Tempest, 1877.
Attilio Pratella, Fisher boats on the sea by Capri.
Giovanni Fattori, Storm.
Pietro Fragiacomo, Nocturne.

These Italian marines first struck me as slightly boring in their simplicity, but the more I looked at them, or into them, the more evocative they became.
The main subject of the composition seems to be just a boat or a bush, but the real subject of each painting is something less concrete: the power of a storm, the stillness of a shallow bay, the marine wind on a deserted beach, or the soothing wonder of moonlight on water.
These invisible inner qualities make a painting great.

7 comments:

Katherine Kean said...

Yes! Well said and shown.

Seip Fine Art said...

Love that, 'Painting the Invisible', (that's my secret wish as a painter) and so true with the pieces you selected! As always, lovely post and thank you!!

ranzu alam said...

Hi Seip,

I am agree to with you, wonderful Landscape Oil Paintings, its look like really naturally!!!

Thanks

Cathyann said...

I agree...well said.

jeronimus said...

Thanks for commenting folks. All the best for 2013.

Xóchitl said...

Muchas Gracias, estaba buscando pinturas del Mar y tu sitio es mejor incluso que el tiene la BBC ;)
Gracias y saludos !!

jeronimus said...

Gracias Xochitl.