This painting is a still life. The vase containing multicolored callas is an old porcelain jug of water, with a bowl for washing hands and face. The floral theme and porcelain jar define the indoor environment of a home. The table lined with a silk organza towel, and a wooden chair against a gray wall, give a warm touch to the set.
There was a time when the flowers — in all houses from the midland of Minas — came out directly from their own gardens to adorn tables and shrines. In porcelain or crystal jugs, flowers added color and perfume to the environments.
With open windows, these ornaments on the table attracted the eyes of people passing by, and, likewise, hummingbirds would come inside, extending their visits from the gardens. The little iridescent birds ventured into the room, flew around the flowers in the jar, confirming the beauty of each color.
Today, the vertical and compacted housing in the large Brazilian cities are piles of small spaces. Works like this one, then, bring an imaginary garden into the house. Thus, this painting speaks to the viewer, and expects the observer contribution, to exist as perception and fruition.
By Souza-Lima, Nina.
How to quote:
SOUZA-LIMA, M.E. Callas in a blue pitcher: imaginary garden. Nina de Souza-Lima Art Gallery, 2015.