written by Coriolano Martirano
Spoleto, July 23 1980

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 BRONCHI's 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.


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