Felice Casorati was an Italian painter; he was born in Novara in 1883 and died in Turin in 1963.

When he talked about his work, he used to say: “I wish I could proclaim the sweetness in capturing souls – extatic and still, objects – static and dumb, thoughts – profound and clear, life made of joy, not vertigo, life of sorrow, not grief”.

Dreaming of Pomegranates” is one of the best examples of such aspiration, a praise to calm, balance, and beauty.

Nature is represented in a bright explosion of flowers, with endless colours, shades and shapes, where all vegetation merges in an ornamental motif; even the painter’s own signature becomes a delicate green parchment, like a leaf in a flowery lawn.

Plants and flowers have grown roots on every painted element, even on the cushion where the sleeping girl in a white dress is resting,

The girl’s dress reminds us of another famous flowery dress, worn by one of the figures in Botticelli’s Primavera: the goddess Flora. In the painting, Flora represents the divinity of flowers, of youth, and a protector of fertility. She scatters flowers on the ground as if from her womb.

Botticelli, La primavera, Galleria degli Uffizi
Botticelli, La primavera, Galleria degli Uffizi

Slumber seems to have suddenly caught the woman with cherry lips while eating a pomegranate in the afternoon light, as if she had been exhausted. The painting almost looks like the girl’s dream: a vision lacking of a real perspective, only outlined by the shoot cutting the top part of the scene, marking the division between the sky and the earth. It is a dream-like vision, where pomegranates, poppies, grapes and snowdrops blossom and ripe at the same time, ignoring any laws of nature, space or time.

 

Photo: Botticelli “La primavera”, Galleria degli Uffizi

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