A love song to Florence

Banish those January blues,  escape for few days to Florence, a town whose plenty treasures deserve to be discovered. Profit from the numerous accomodations offered by Tuscany Holiday Rent. Visit for example, the exhibition of Luciano Guarnieri,  called “ Le stagioni Creative”  at the Annigoni Museum inside Villa Bardini. It includes 60 works ranging from paintings to lithographs and drawings. The painter,  born in Florence in 1930, showed at a very early age an impressive  drawing skill. Apprenticed to Pietro Annigoni  in 1945, he  shared with him the adventure of the “ Pittori Moderni della Realtà”, strenghtening his guidelines of a  strictly ruled composition,  becoming later in the fifties,  the proud defender of  representational art against any abstract temptations. The exhibition, which is going to close on March the4th 2012,  explores Guarnieri’s” florentineness”. Thence the paintings of Florence  most hidden corners, of their eternal beauty and of that special light which make up that unique atmosphere, difficult to be poured into words, but easier to be caught by colours.

His involvement with Florence, far from being trapped into a political engagement, finds its way into pictorial love songs to the town on various difficult moments of its contemporary history,  when  just coming out from the wounds of the second world  war or later after the flood in 1967.  He is always ready  to fix on the canvas  icons  of enthusiasm and faith towards his hometown’s rebirth.

Sure of his Florentine roots, his breath widens beyond Italian borders towards an international background  thanks to his voyages around the world. He paints, then, American town landscapes during his travel to the States with the Italian writer Prezzolini, or to  Mexico or to Prague invaded by the Russian tanks or even farther  to  Israel after Holocaust horrors. His paintings  are able to communicate  the visitor the long  voyage  through  Guarnieri’s eyes, a politically and socially committed  painter who has always kept faithful to his noble profession.

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