After touring the Key West Galleries last September I came upon an exhibition for the artist Pino Daeni (1939-2010) with his beautiful and eloquent assemblage of oil paintings. The piece that stood out to me most, which made me stop to examine and study, he aptly named Youthful Pleasures (See Fig. 1.) After speaking with the local curator about Pino and his work coupled with my continued analysis, I hope to be able to understand the warmth and closeness he felt while painting this exquisite piece and the love between mothers and their children. Pino created Youthful Pleasures to show us the celebration known as love, specifically the love between mother and child together with the warmth and closeness that it brings. If he would have accomplished nothing else, I believe his best wish would be for us to understand the emotion of love. His purpose for creating these pieces of art would not have been far from this, he has told us "My paintings elicit feelings of warmth" (Key West Galleries), which one can only help but feel after they understand the love and nostalgia he so accurately portrays in his paintings. Pino is able to tell us a romantic’s point of view, without ever saying a word. It has been said that Pino followed the work of and was heavily influenced by the groups know as Pre-Raphaelites and Macchiaioli (J Watson). Both these groups believed that art should not be bound to conventional art forms or the public norm, which artists should be allowed to depict their feelings and ideas without judgment of the theme but judgment on their ability. If Pino had adopted these principles the implications and consequences could have led him to scrutiny and eventually separation from the art world for not conforming to the practiced standard. Having been raised primarily with his mother, aunts and cousins while growing up, Pino's style comes from the societal condition that causes all the men from his family to be gone working and providing for the family. He was...
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