09 Mar THE PERFUME OF SPRING IN A FRESCO
March is the month of flowers. The first daisies start to bloom and we wake in the morning to the sweet sound of birds singing. Spring, just like autumn, is a transition season that has always inspired painters, poets and artists. The representation of flowers is defined in “still life” painting, and the floral expressions can be joined by fruit, but also a variety of different objects, such as musical instruments.
Decorating a room of your home with a floral fresco is a much-loved idea. This design goes well with almost any interior decor, preferably classic, but also in a modern setting where it can add warmth.
To learn more about this theme, I interviewed one of Mariani Affreschi’s artists.
What inspires you when painting a floral fresco?
I love flowers and know them well. In my case, it is a real passion and, however, to create these types of representations you need to have a certain amount of sensitivity towards nature and allow yourself to be inspired by its perfume, colours and beauty.
In the history of painting, which artists specialised in still life?
Surely the Flemish artists. Their still life paintings are minute and very detailed, to the point where you can actually see the veins of the leaves. However, all painters have experimented with still life. Caravaggio saw still life as “the imperfection of life”. Impressionists painted “en plein air” (in the open air) directly in the meadows to “capture the moment”. Expressionists attempted to reproduce the soul of objects.
Where can we put a floral fresco?