What was the most popular painting of the petty bourgeois Greek house in the second part of the 20th century? Most likely the navy board that is designed from the middle and up and holds the steering wheel facing the horizon. It came in two variants: the navy with the black beard and the dark cloak and the one with the white beard and the yellow beard. But, one or the other, they have kept the wheel in infinite halls and lounges in the wild seas of Kypseli and in the straits of Sepolia.
In the tastes of the artists, the old sailor had to compete with the young gypsy girl who, in elongated frames, cast playful glances from the entrance corridor at the aunts and uncles who came to wish for the holidays. Both had succeeded the landscapes with the castle and the lakes of the Alps, as well as the marquises and the marquises that were the pre-war fashion in the decoration of the house.
Of course, there were also the politicized houses with the lithographs with the jokes of Tassos and Guernica. In the right houses in the respective places were the photos of the grandparents but here we are not talking about politics but about art. All of the above on the occasion of the discovery of Picasso’s painting, his fall and the jokes with which it was accompanied: “now how do we know what is the top, the bottom?” or “was that before it fell?”
To the question if there is folk painting in today’s houses the answer is “no”. The fifty screen and the smart phone cover the home needs in image. What’s extra in the kids’ rooms, the posters with Che and the builders eating lunch hanging on the roof of the building in New York were made in other times. What you could easily do 30 years ago, that is, say who lived in a house because the board with the old navy hung on the walls or the poster of “1900” was stuck today is impossible.
Not that the method was always safe. A friend who had been in her boyfriend’s room some 40 years ago, as they were both in bed doing what they had to do, stared at a photo on the wall. “The grandfather ;”. “No, Lenin.”
To the question if there is still space in the house for painting the answer is that there is. It is enough to be aware of an axiom: in order for the eye to continue to see a painting, there must be no other image to compete with it. Like my favorite painting: “The Cry of the Fox”, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, from the series “100 Faces of the Moon”, which needs – and is a bit of it – a wall.