Evgeny Baranov and Lydia Velichko Baranov
As you may already know I have a lustful desire for all thing Italian. Carnival is one of the aspects of Venice that I find so VERY intriguing. I love the implied action of the paintings from Evgeny and Lydia Velichko Baranov. They are a couple, that paint together. They travel all over the world, and their paintings are sold all over the world.
The painting here is all about the dashing of those that participate in Carnival. A time of frivolity that has been around for ages in Europe, but especially Venice, Italy. People plan their costumes a year in advance. There is not just a mask involved in the ordeal for those that are the real party goers. It involves every aspect of the costume. The shoes, socks, hat, garments, and the mask.
In this painting we see two people approaching each other. Their steps seem hurried. Are they rushing to meet each other? Do they recognize each other by just their eyes? The person in the red cape seems to be moving quickly with the cape dramatically floating behind. The girl in the yellow dress appears to be moving into the space of the caped person, but she may be heading toward someone else. It is the mystery of the painting that draws the person in, and keeps everyone guessing.