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Serge Micheloni is a painter and an architect fascinated by composition and light. His work is "figurative". He loves the beauty of simple objects in the environment of his house in the Trento region in Italy or in his workshop in Rueil-Malmaison near Paris. His "serial" still life paintings proceed from the basic ideas that the same objects can be repeated in different situations, playing with position and attitudes, background and light to create new visual effects. Painters like Heda in the XVII century and most recently Morandi, whose paintings Serge appreciates for the silence, the stillness and the poetry, had used the same approach in their production. Micheloni goes a step further because he loves to create "serial" paintings. They can be seen like diptychs, triptychs or polyptics where some objects remains still while others are moved in the space, rotated or transfigured. The still life concept is then destroyed by the intrinsic motion of the objects and by the fact that the viewer can hang the paintings the way he wants (re)creating thus a new spatial organization of the canvases and the objects. Another aspect of Micheloni's paintings is the nearly total absence of food and ornamentation which is usual in most still life. No pies, oysters, fruits or Venetian drinking cups with transparent white wine; no hourglasses or skulls, jewels or crimson velvet, to remind the viewer of the vanity of life like in the XVII century Dutch paintings. Very seldom a bottle and a glass half empty with red wine or a loaf of bread brings a simple natural touch to an otherwise abstract world. Micheloni's paintings are submerged in a poetic atmosphere created by the delicacy of the brush strokes and the skilful use of the "sfumato".



When asked about his "serial" paintings Serge responds that what counts is the treatment of the subject and not the subject in itself. Treating the same subject as a geometrical, mathematical or musical "theme and variation" allows to explore nearly endless combinations of objects which can appear/disappear or been metamorphosed. If confronted with the severity of his paintings he claims that their extreme deprivation of ornamentation is part of the concept of "pure painting".

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