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.
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