Description

Paul P. works in the landscape genre. Untitled, a free evocation of Florence, is one of many pochade-like pieces inspired by his travels. Painted in studio from photographs and on-site sketches, the small work is reminiscent of the late-19th-century pictorial aesthetic. Like the photogenic city itself, where light is so important, the picture is charged with drama by intense colours and luminosity. The ghostly presence of the Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno River imbues it with sensuality, as if the nostalgia of a skyline fading in the sunset were a seat of desire. Paul P. is a master of the theatrical. He captures fleeting impressions and the fluidity of light phenomena, depicting not only the flux but the grandeur of nature. M.-E. B.