“One doesn’t come to Italy for niceness,” was the retort; “one comes for life. Buon giorno! Buon giorno!”
E.M. Forster, A Room with a View
When looking from the inside out, it is good to have a room with a view. And what better prospect than to look out on the city of Venice. This painting comes from the paintbrush of the Italian artist, Cesare Vianello (1862-1953), known for his style of painting that depicts scenes from ordinary life, especially domestic situations.
The room is waiting for us to arrive for tea. The table, with the fresh flower arrangement, beckons us to one chair situated near to an open window with a clear view of the Venice city landscape. How wonderful it would be to stay for a gentle hour, sipping tea and looking out a window with a view.
Cesare Vianello understood the importance of home – a happy place to live, laugh, learn, feel safe and belong. If we look closely, the ordinary things – tea, flowers, tables, windows – in our lives become extraordinary simply because they give our days meaning and purpose.
To commemorate this unforgettable time and to recognize we are together in spirit, ChasingART is featuring paintings of homes in a series that reflects our current reality of social distancing, working and studying from home, and self-isolation.