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« Noah's Ark" Folk Art Oil Painting on Canvas

« Noah's Ark" Folk Art Oil Painting on Canvas

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« Noah's Ark" is an unsigned oil painting that transcends the well-known biblical narrative into a contemporary allegory. Within this canvas, an iconic and realistic ark shelters a kaleidoscope of beings paired by species, each carrying its own story within the gaze of its eyes. The artwork’s naive style speaks a universal language, capable of touching both the innocence of a child and the childlike essence within adults. The paired animals entering the ark symbolize the multiple species saved from the flood, a metaphor for the vital need to protect all life forms on our planet. What do we see in this painting where so many eyes watch us? Under the hull, another world, the underwater world as these two fishes ready to kiss, decked out with funny lips. All this little world is distinguished from each other by the intense and funny expression in their gaze. There's nothing but happiness in this canvas, worked like a naive fresco, with smiles and details that make us laugh, again those eyes that look at us from the bottom of the hold, and the question: "But what are we doing here?". Each species has a different expression. Hippos and walruses with their large incisors, the birds seem very adjusted to the situation. At the same time, the lion and lioness couple wonder a little about this new environment, the cats true to form, undisturbed, playing it solo, and so many. In the hold, just two pairs of frightened eyes while the giraffes intertwine their long necks on the deck. All these species are so different and yet united in the same mission.

The canvas brims with humor - perfect composition - with the blue sky in the background and the silhouetted sail. The artist’s skillful manipulation of forms, lines, colors, and curves breathes life and harmony into this jubilant universe. This work reverberates as an ode to simplicity and poetry that should facilitate a return to the essence of our existence and the beauty of being alive. Once more, art emerges as a conduit for awe and profound comprehension of our world. This visual narrative surpasses its role as a mere historical tale; it serves as a poignant reminder of our responsibility to conserve wildlife and the delicate world we inhabit while the whole world is showing signs of anger, violence, cruelty, and absence of gratitude.

PERIOD: 1960-1969
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 37.75" Width: 49" Depth: 2.5"
MATERIAL: Canvas, Oil

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