December 12, 2013
Funny Feds plus some unicorns
Recreations from Alberto Passolini
Alberto Passolini has a creative penchant to recreate works by historic Argentine painters such as Prilidiano Pueyrredón and Angel della Valle, which seems a favourite pastime for several artists, many of whom do so in a style reminiscent of the way famous cartoonists work. The result is more often than not naïf, cute, funny. This is not a new road for Passolini to tread and it can now be appreciated in his present exhibitions.
On it he plays with figures of unicorns, a poetic and uncommon subject and with federal soldiers from the time of the dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas, famous for their brutal behaviour and their red apparel. This is a rather unexpected painting, at that, especially when presented in a cute, agreeable, delicate and funny yet impeccable style, for the artist is a very good drawer and he masters the watercolour and gouache techniques.
In most works he uses dozens of figures and he groups then on large white surfaces on which the red ceibo flower, our national bud, is also very visible. In most cases the visual effect gladdens the eye as Passolini is an excellent colourist and blessed with a happy sense of fun. The visual effect of many of these pictures is that of sets of curtains or printed materials seen in a lady’s shop. The amount of figures is quite mesmerizing on many of the pictures while, in less occupied areas, it is playful. A pleasant result.
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