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Vibrations in the soul by Laura Casu Art Historian

data: 15 febbraio 2017

Looking at Barbara Truzzi’s work showed me a better part of myself. In her early works I met Kandinsky again and then her colours and lines also took me back to Klee so I was not a bit surprised to find out that she was a musician as well as painter. Her more painterly works arose my sense of touch and the chaotic mixing of colours and materials reminded me of Pollock’s action painting. The chaos here is led by an impetus that is the expression of an untranslatable positivity, which the observer’s well aware of.

What struck me most about her choice of colours and their arrangement was certainly her use of the colour blue. Blue, intimate and introspective in its varied hues and tones, can be used to translate a wide variety of contrasting moods into paint depending upon the exact tint or shade chosen. We all remember Picasso’s emblematic blue period during which the artist portrayed a bleak and wretched time. On the other hand, Barbara Truzzi’s blue is a hue that evokes the idea of enjoying spending time with yourself and we come across it repeatedly along our journey from her lines and geometric shapes to her more painterly works without it ever losing its value of profound inner joy.

Just like other artists, Barbara expresses herself through both music and paintings, and so I think it fit to end these notes on her work with a quotation from Kandinsky that couldn’t be more appropriate: "Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammer, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."

Laura Casu
Art Historian



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