Éros e Thánatos Painting by Francesco Calipari

Characteristics of the Painting “Éros e Thánatos”

Year of creation2018
Dimensions50 W × 70 H × 1 D   cm
Type of artpainting
Stylecontemporary art
Materialsmixed method, canvas

Description of the Artwork “Éros e Thánatos”

(Acrylic, putty, charcoal, ink, paper on canvas) The title of this work is a clear reference to the Freudian philosophy. The instincts of Creation and Destruction that govern the human being, reapper in this painting continuously and in different forms. The first to stand out is definitely given by the chromatic dualism between light/color and darkness/black (colorlessness), very marked dualism that completely divides the painting into an anteriore plane, and a posterior one within an almost absent, flat spatiality, due to the choice of a chiaroscuro barely outlined only in some points. The same painting was created by destroying another work previously done, and overlapping it. On the whole canvas we continuously find burns, cuts, and holes that have "destroyed" the surface. The moment I chose to portray, it is not casual, shows two lovers kissing, his face is not visible, but that of her yes, it seems as permeated by veiled melancholy and sadness: this kiss depicts a farewell, the moment preceding the detachment, and therefore again the Eros (the kiss represents the purest form of love), and again Thanatos (the goodbye of lovers is at the same time the destruction of their love). The result that derives from all this is a very simple and linear image, but at the same time it has an immense emotional impact.

Éros e Thánatos

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About the artist

The artist was born as a dancer, and that for painting will become a passion consolidated much later, only starting in 2017. The need to explore new artistic horizons will lead him, within a couple of years, to cross the boundaries of dance and land in the universe of painting. His production began to get thicker, despite the limited time available to him from his first work, and his style began to take shape more and more clearly. In fact, the young man decides to abandon immediately what are the traditional techniques to embrace a hybrid and completely personal language, the result, we could say, of a mixture of completely different and antithetical styles; this synthesis leads him to the creation of simple and linear images, but at the same time with an immense emotional impact. His style, a bit like his personality, is not easily delineable. While on one hand the love for form, proportion, harmony and classicism led him to approach the greatest Renaissance authors and Ancient art, of which his Earth was the cradle, on the other hand there resides in him one more Dionysian spirit, that sort of creative chaos that makes him fluctuate from the purest abstract speculations on color, to the constant experimentation of new materials, transforming some works into real polymaterial structures. Often his incessant destructive instinct leads him to disfigure his canvases by gashes, holes, cuts and combustions; other times these two antithetical components converge in the same work creating that aesthetic dualism with a strong emotional impact that represents one of the most fascinating characteristics of this eccentric emerging artist.

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