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Claudiu Presecan‘s art looks like a more abstract, contemporary version of Monet’s paintings. Prescan’s latest series,Traces on Water (Urme pe apa) doesn’t just look like an updated Impressionism: it actually conceptualizes the complex (post)Impressionist interplay between the eye’s perception of light and the painter’s representations of water, sky and the beauty of nature. The artist states in his mission statement that his aesthetic revolution takes place by “escaping in Nature” to seek the sensations “that fulfill the soul through the dazzling interplay between water and light.”

As you can tell from the painting above, the lines and contours of Presecan’s paintings are more abstract and suggestive than in traditional Impressionist art. They merely hint at the objects they represent rather than showing them realistically. At the same time, Presecan’s artistic experiments with light are in some respects more philosophical (phenomenological) than materialist, as they were for the Impressionists.  Following in the footsteps of some of the classical philosophers, Presecan depicts water as the essence of nature. Not only is water, like air itself, an element basic to survival, but also it symbolizes the cycles of life. In its fluidity and blue-green color, water represents mystery, depth, calmness and luminosity. You can find out more about Claudiu Presecan’s innovative post-Impressionism–a fertile cross between Impressionism and Abstraction–on his website, http://www.claudiupresecan.com/.

Claudia Moscovici, postromanticism.com