Pablo, when did you start this series on Baroque Impressions, and what inspired you?
I started this series on Baroque Impressions a month ago, triggered by Alexander Sokurov's film Russian Ark, which I probably watched 4 times since it came out in 2002.
The opulence and the feeling of fin de siècle is so tangible in the film, one can almost smell the scent of the oil paintings of the Hermitage galleries, the myrrh and incense hanging in the rooms filled with exquisite furniture carved in exotic woods.
Where are these magnificent interiors that you painted located?
Most of the interiors I painted are located in Germany and some in France. I didn't want to use specifically Russian palaces, that was the starting point and a quest for this kind of interiors where more is more, and also as a reflection of wealth in times when the rest of the population in those countries was struggling to survive.
From a more decorative point of view, I like to study the use of color and the proportions at that time, to see how timorous we are today when it comes to combine elements, furniture, curtains etc....
Pablo Piatti lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.
Marble Hall, Ludwigsburg Palace, Germany
Bedroom of Empress Eugénie, Musée National du Château, Compiègne, France
Dining-room at Herrenchiemsee Palace built for Ludwig II of Bavaria, Germany
Marie Antoinette's Cabinet Doré at Château de Versailles, France
Bedroom of Napoléon II in Compiègne. Musée National du Château, France
Oval Hall, Sans Souci Palace built for Prussian King Frederic the Great. Postdam, Germany
Dining-room at Herrenchiemsee Palace, Germany
Small interior at Weissenstein Palace, Pommersfelden, Germany
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