2003 "My Personal Best"

"Pelleas and Melisande"

by Cristina Alvarez Magliano



25" x 25.5"
saw & knife

Dyed and natural veneer, acrylic paint, silver wire and graphite over marquetry.

"This picture is dedicated to Melisande, the principal character of Debussy's opera "Pelleas et Melisande." Bonded by a very deep and prohibited love (Melisande is married to Pelleas's brother). In the most revealing scene, Melisande's blonde hair covers the body of her lover -that is a requirement of the script for the Act III- and they embrace unconscious of anyone that could be watching them. Finally, both die: Pelleas is killed by Golaud and Melisande follows him after she's given birth to a girl. Her grandfather-in-law then says, "Now, it is the turn of the poor little creature..." It is a history of love, life and death that worried the great artists of the beginning of the XX century. The symbolism of Klimt in his painting "Life and Death", although not related to the opera, reveals once more that cultural movements don't come isolated but are the product of his concern at a given time."
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