“Poetry Never Gives Up” – Centro Cultural Cascais, Portugal

2018 April 13


by Luísa Soares de Oliveira

Only as from the modern era, did the material scale of painting start making an integral part of the perception of a work of art. In a certain way, for the artist, working on the question of scale therefore meant setting oneself the aim of creating a chromatic space that involved the whole viewer while at the same time, generously transmitting the experience that all artists worthy of the name, say they use: allowing their attention to become fully absorbed in the work by applying shapes and colours on a two dimensional surface, or by the movement of an arm and hand holding the brush while leaving their marks of this moment recorded on the canvas being painted. In order to pin-point when this process started, we may quite easily go back to the beginning of the Baroque period and the purpose that was laid down then, seeking to give rise to aesthetic emotion in the viewer. We recall the enormous painted ceilings in the churches of the time, in the way light and reflection was handled on the walls of the majestic palatial galleries built during this era a little everywhere throughout Europe, the size (but also the studied poses, the contrasts between light and shadow among the different planes represented) of the court paintings themselves, and in a certain way, in the attempt emerging throughout the Western world and instilled in the public spirit, to link the size of the work of art to the extent of its owner’s power.

Compete Essay by Luísa Soares de Oliveira

From 13 April2018  till 17 June 2018.

Fundação D. Luís I – Centro Cultural de cascais
Av. Rei Humberto II de Italia, Cascais Portugal

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