In Florence, we are surrounded by art, as anyone who has travelled to this magical city knows. It’s almost another language, spoken visually. It can be somewhat overwhelming, at times, like the fragrance of jasmine in June… but learning to slow down, pausing to take it all in, is an art in itself. Well worth practicing for us Americans.
A normal quiet day in il giardino of Piazza D’Azeglio, with the fountain in the distance
On a warm morning last July, as we unhurriedly strolled home through Piazza D’Azeglio after morning coffee at Cafe 1926, we were captivated by the sight of various artists with their easels set up. They were earnestly working to transfer to their canvases the dappled morning light, as it played in the beauty of our park. One of the artist’s work stood out to us; we loved her composition, style, and gracious talent. We paused to chat with her and discovered she was the class instructor, Tanvi Pathare.
Tanvi Pathare with her framed painting of the fountain in our park
Tanvi is originally from Mumbai, where she earned her BFA, before beginning her studies at the Florence Academy of Art - where she is now an instructor! And she makes her home here in Florence. Take a look at her website: www.tanvipathare.com. She’s very talented!
Tanvi’s still life examples from her website
Well, of course, we bought the piece (as an anniversary gift to each other). So now we’ve acquired more art as well as a new friend!
Tanvi’s painting has found a home on our gallery wall