i have stuff on my mind
Post #716 • January 25, 2006, 6:01 PM • 31 Comments
I wish I had met Balthus. People find his work repellent, and I understand the problem but I don't feel it. Often, when my head fills up with thinking, I look at his work in books. Some of the images say to me: beauty is permanent. Even when the last man has become grass, beauty will persist. I would like to know if he felt the same way despite having said this:
I'm for beauty at a time when beauty is unappreciated. Dostoyevsky said, "Beauty will save the world." For me, beauty and nature are linked. If God was content with the world he created, it was because it was beautiful. In my painting, I try to express divine beauty, which is very difficult today because people are only interested in ugliness. I think God has been forgotten. Tutto è brutto...
I find it unbearable to think that so many places that used to be so pleasant have become industrial sites or megalopolises with no architecture, full of noise and machines. The Paris I once know no longer exists. In some ways, my painting depicts a world that has disappeared. Nothing could be further from me than the taste for horror. This is what separates me from expressionism or gifted painters such as Francis Bacon. I liked him a lot as a friend, but never managed to understand why he was fascinated by ugliness.