Venice : carnival - gouaches ( 4/5 )

Carnival was invented at the end of the 11th century to make the most of the last days before the deprivations of Lent. The mask is used to hide class differences. Beginning at the Renaissanc, it had its ups and downs, it is banned until it reappears more alive than ever in the 18th century.

The carnival of Venice was still fascinating in the 80s before it became fashion: it still had its soul. It was not a worldwide tourist attraction. The people who come to show theirselves, they want to be seen in their more or less dazzling, if not outragous get-up clothes.

The real Venecian carnival is now celebrated inside houses or palaces, out of sight of those tourists having their somewhat common feast.

Guidi’s painting of the figures in alleyways not known to tourists are rather sober, never picturesque.

Even when San Marco was white with snow for several hours, wich is rare and absolutely amazing, Guidi did not yield to aesthheticism.

Annie Jeanneret with a moreta Guidi with a bauta

Têtes de gondoles sous la neige	Dolfin (fero di prôva) of a gondola under the snow