Can, and if so how effectively, painting present a realistic interpretation,
and possible solutions,to the most frequent and worrying problems
of our troubled society?
About this, and other issues, we talk today with FAUSTO BRONCHI
in Spoleto, in the enchanted Piazza del Duomo during a beautiful
July late afternoon with the sun slowly fading away. Piazza del
Duomo. The golden façade absorbs the thousand colours of
the twilight and the flight of the swallows seems to underline the
notes of Wagner.
It is the night of the famous concert that concludes the Spoleto
Festival. And from the garden of a patrician house, among beautiful
ladies and aristocratic hospitality, the Piazza appears evanescent
in a triumph of lights and colours.
FAUSTO BRONCHI, master of painting more and more well known to critics,
sits here under the vine-trellis in the garden. He listens to the
music and is captured by it. His hands follow the rhythm. And if
he could he would certainly materialize the sounds coming from the
Piazza del Duomo.
"Painting - he says
with conviction – is before all the
possibility of investigation. Psychological investigation but also
natural. And even more is vivid investigation that allows you to
tear the veils. Therefore a mean of communication. Maybe also a
moment of deep consideration of the great mystery of life. Life
as is. In nature and in arts. Life as it unfolds daily. Life as
marriage of existence. Life as mean of expression."
BRONCHI loves life. He loves its most genuine aspects: animals,
first among them horses. And dogs. With horses he likes to talk
at length. He talks to them and at the same time he captures their
thoughts because he feels that they have a soul. The master gives
to his paintings a meaning and a value that go beyond the typical
artistic aspects, to embrace a wide range of cultural, social, moral
and civic issues.
"I stand in front of reality
- BRONCHI says - as someone who wants to penetrate in the
essence of things. Because things have a soul, too. And I try to
get closer to them, at first spiritually, trying to capture the
energy that moves everything on earth. A tree. Now: what is a tree
if not the most beautiful process in nature? And I try to understand
the vital cycle of this tree: the sap that climbs from the roots,
the photosynthesis. The essence of this tree’s life. And this
essence I try to express on the canvas"
This is BRONCHIs art. Dense of metaphysical contents that materialize
in a form of cubism that does not deny reality, but elaborates it
into the melting pot of scattered ideas. Fantasy? Maybe not. Only
research of the vital essence. Research geared to catch the spark
that generates the fire of life. Educated art, but simple. Art which
is a result of an accurate humanistic and scientific preparation,
but uses very plain, simple ways to express itself.
BRONCHI’s art never surrenders to amateurism and improvisation,
but tends to be rich of scientific rigorous details under a humanistic
approach. Present in many museums around the world, BRONCHI’s
paintings is harmony of forms and colour. Just like the harmony
that reigns in Spoleto, a triumph of balanced forms. The sun sets
behind the top of the gentle Umbrian hills as Piazza del Duomo listens
to the passionate tones by Wagner. On the terrace of the patrician
house the first torches are lit and the light reflects on the golden
mosaic of the Duomo.
FAUSTO BRONCHI follows with his hands the music of the Maestri Cantori
of Norimberga and thinks about the essence of life: the essence
that tomorrow will be his Art.