Watercolor on paper, 135 x 102 cm
The painting is from Luciano Pelizzari's exhibition "Realismo italiano & giardino privato" at the academy from October, 2009 to January, 2010. This series, which is one of Pelizzari's most successful, was created rather by chance: "For years, you refused to paint flowers. So how did the "Giardino privato" come about? My "Giardino privato" came about by chance a few years ago in an afternoon, dictated by a desire to paint something in a hurry to give it to Silvia. (...) Certainly the Lord's ways are many, and yet they all lead to Rome. The unexplored ones are always the most attractive. The chance that led me there ended in a large garden of flowers." (from a dialogue with Luciano Pelizzari, to be found on his website).

In the pictures from his series "Giardino privato" Luciano Pelizzari moves furthest away from the attention to detail with which he usually stages people - in other series also cities - and thus demonstrates his versatility. Bright colours are his primary design tool and emphasise the effect of light. Blossoming flowers, lush plants - the objects themselves and not their details are the focus of attention. Many of the large-format pictures from this series, which were influenced by Impressionism, express Italian joie de vivre, light and sun - and were created in Germany, namely on the island of Mainau in Lake Constance.

Luciano Pelizzari (*1950 in Sabbio Chiese, Italy) is a painter and writer and has published several books in Italian and German. A tremendous creative urge characterizes his life: During his time in Venice alone, from September 1979 to the summer of 1980, he produced over a hundred works. His subjects are portraits, nudes, places and cities (Venice, Verona...). In addition to his artistic work, he found time to organize large exhibitions all over Italy, and from 1985 onwards also in various cities in Germany and in Istanbul. In 1993 Luciano Pelizzari settled in Germany; he lives and works in Saarbrücken. At the same time, however, he has never turned his back on his adopted Italian home in Verona, but commutes between the two cities.