PORTRAIT of the ARTIST, his MUSE and RABBIT.
I was shooting a panorama in a museum in Rome, when a young couple approach me:
“Excuse me, could you take some photos of a painting I’m doing in a studio in San Lorenzo? It’s big, six metres by three… “
Here starts my friendship with Wolfe, a british painter and philosopher living in London, and Lisa, his sweetheart.
The “big” painting is a remake of the Raft of the Medusa, a dramatic work made by the romantic french painter Théodore Géricault, but the ambience, the landscape, is a particular painting by the German artist Caspar David Friederich, one of the most known romantic paysage painter.
Wolfe is not simply a conceptual artist immersed in the “appropriation art” current: he “recreates” famous paintings (and not just “steal” them with a mechanical process) mixing subjects and concepts with a remarkable craftsmanship, some ironic accents, and never loosing to balance the structured idea with an emotional impulse.
I followed the progress of the “Raft”, and in November I shoot the finished and exposed work in the "All visual art" London’s gallery.
See it here
I’m still thanking Wolfe, because he infected me with the passion for paintings and art of the nineteenth century.