The glamour of impression or Antoine Gaber’s artwork by Dott. Prof. Stefano Francolini

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Noble of Fermo Art Historian

Former Coordinator Director C3 Super Ministry of Culture

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Antoine Gaber’s artwork, mostly floral or landscapes themes, denotes a close influence or dependence of the French artistic culture of the nineteenth century impressionist painting style with a clear and evident desire of recreating it’s atmosphere, form and elegance.

In the XXI century, Antoine Gaber’s style of painting seems to be a “revival” of this wonderful art, of which the artist has an in-deep knowledge and admiration, but without emphasising its heaviness or nostalgic features. Gaber instead selects the precise allusion of shape and style of his personal artistic expression.

Antoine Gaber’s artwork might seem to some people just elegant and refined, to other it might be considered as a temporal expression of art lacking of the contemporary features. From my perspective, his form and choice of his style of artwork, reveals his own poetic interpretation of reality. His interpretation reveals the artist’s evident desire of rebuilding a modern figurative language widely proved and universally prized, such as the well-known French impressionism. Gaber communicates with his own contemporary state which is often expressed in the consistent joining of the chromatic matter with strong contrast of light, a natural influence of his native Egyptian environment.

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Even if Antoine Gaber remains firmly anchored to this particular style, he is at the same time developing new expressive ways to maintain a dialogue with his style, as seen in his recent convex paintings exhibited during the 5th Edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Florence, Italy. In this particular painting the coloured background allowed to visualise an explosion of bursting colourful flowers and leaves.

Florence March 17th 2006

Stefano Francolini

Dott. Prof. Stefano Francolini

Stefano Francolini was born in Colle di Val d’Elsa (SI) in 1951.

He graduated with a degree in Literature and later received a diploma of specialization in Medieval and Modern Art. From 1978 to 1981 he served as an art historian for the Supervisor of Art and History of Siena and Grosseto. In 1981, he became a surveyor and Art Historian for the Superintendent of the Environment, Architecture, Art and History for the Provinces of Cagliari and Oristano.

In 1982 he returned to Florence where he served as Vice-Director at the Pitti Palace’s Silver Museum. In 1989, he became the functionary for the Florentine Basilica.

From March 1993 to May 2000, he was the Director of the Davanzati Museum. He then went on to become the Director of the Restoration Department at the Opificio delle Pietre dure di Firenze. He also teaches Art History at the Institute and at the International Art University of Florence.

Organizing and participating in exhibitions, he has always been interested in the contemporary Art evolution. He has published many essays on Art History as well as a book of poetry.