WORKS FROM THE NATURALISM PAINTING AND ARCHAEOLOGY COLLECTION OF MILLENNIUM BCP
The nature theme in contemporary art and other fields and subjects is now more ubiquitous than ever. Ecological imbalance and biodiversity loss certainly shook the faith in anthropocentrism. The position of man in this world is now questioned heavily, mainly because there is proof that mankind may not be able to reverse this ecological collapse caused by its own belief in progress.
Nowadays, there’s this conviction that scientific knowledge is not enough for us to reflect about ourselves before the world, others species and nature.
To go back to a time where pictorial images were one of the methods used to depict and ascertain that presence, to a visible and invisible, secure and disturbing time — the so-called “spirit of place” — is not only appropriate but also necessary. Painting seen as an animist thing, a materialist survey taken to our surroundings, had one of its most contradicting and fascinating moments in naturalism: painting in the most realistic way possible what eyes saw was also painting what was assimilated by the body.