Van Gogh. I colori della vita

Padua, Centro San Gaetano
10 October 2020 - 11 April 2021

Giuseppe Puglisi
Like stars in the sky

The starry night was one of Van Gogh’s desires. Always. During his Dutch years he had already written to his brother that he wanted to paint a starry night, its affinities in space, the floating of the stars in the dark vault. He did this when he arrived in Arles with the two paintings of September 1888, first in Place du Forum and then in the bend of the Rhone near the Yellow House in Place Lamartine. Then the most famous of all, the one painted in his small studio in Saint-Rémy, for once remembering it and not looking at it, in mid-June 1889.

Giuseppe Puglisi is certainly the Italian painter who has painted the most starry nights in recent years, like oriental damasks. Drapes of stars, cascades. The night in its appearance of moss and ash, efflorescence of air become silence, in the beauty of a boundless, uninterrupted space. They have always been stars that come from every place and go towards every place. The night for Puglisi is the beginning of a mystery, possibly the very beginning of the mystery. Something that occurs, takes shape but continuously regenerates. In springs of light and dark, shattered loops recomposed within an impalpable powder that never has fractures, nor interruptions. The night is always a continuity, with an endless network of streaks made spells, precise and invisible partitions between a clear light and a dark light manifested in it.

Puglisi is now painting Van Gogh’s nights and stars. His limits and boundaries, the constellations of his life, his birth and his death. And much more. He paints all this within a depth that arcs in the celestial vault and at times becomes Venus in conjunction between the moon and a star, just as Van Gogh saw them in spring 1890 in Saint-Rémy, shortly before taking the train and returning to that north for which he felt a great nostalgia. Puglisi paints Van Gogh’s stars as nostalgia.

exhibition curated by
Marco Goldin

Padua, Centro San Gaetano
27 February – 11 April 2021