Dec 04

Don’t Pity the Humble Painter

It was Leonardo Da Vinci that once wrote, “Don’t pity the humble painter. He can be lord of all things. Whatever exists in the universe, he has first in his mind, and then in his hand. By his art, he may be called a grandchild of God.”

Da Vinci originally wrote those words to describe an idea whereby everything that we see around us represents the product of our thoughts. Every bridge, every road and every house, for example, first began in someone’s imagination before it became a reality. This insight also works the other way around. Not only can the visual artist create a reality based on what they see in their mind’s eye, they can also capture for all-time the greatest mysteries, and sometimes tragedies, that already exist in the universe.

One of our recent guests captured a bit of that greatness and then shared her work with us. Please enjoy the following pieces from the Engadine region of southeastern Switzerland, painted by one of our recent guests, Marlene Kort.

The above image captures the romantic architecture that characterizes the Engadine. The following image offers a view of the Bernina Massif as seen from the St. Moritz side, the Fuorcla Surlej. As an interesting side note: A close up of the Biancograt, the ice ridge on the far left, made it to the cover of our 2010 catalogue. Check it out.

Please contact us if you’d like more information regarding Kort’s work, or if you’d like to purchase one of her paintings. We’ll gladly forward your information directly to her.

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