This goblet is part of a series of which I have in offer two. This one represent the Aesop’s tale of the Stag at the river, reflecting himself and thanking the gods of his beautiful horns, which would thereafter not allow him to escape from the Lion in the deep of the forest.
It’s about vanity. The deer in fact regrets his thin but fast legs, which could have brought him to be safe.
The ability of Igor is clearly visible on the photos of his masterpiece. The Stag is at the point of being trapped by the vines. Just a moment before but close enough to realize the ending tragedy. Ram is in the position of the last cry.
Igor Balbi, who collaborated with Lucio Bubacco, here uses is best skills on representing animal bodies. See the strength and weight of the body. How he was able to keep the essence of the thin legs and the beautiful horns. The expression of his last cry.
The forest is an arch from the foot of the goblet to the cup from where many many tendrils are sprouting out and creating the trap for the deer.
The colors of the cup and goblet are brown black with rigadin effect. The use of the clear glass with the massiccio body and the details, and the expression of the key moment of the tale.
From a 2500 years old a magic interpretation from one of the best artist of Murano.
I have listed many items in clear glass and here I want to spend a few worlds of what is about painting with refraction in scultptures. Maybe better would be to say painting with light subtraction.
Massiccio (solid) glass scultpures creates many convex lenses all around the body of the sculpture. These round surfaces concentrates the light in the middle (like any magnifying lens) and the light subtracted is taken from the sides, which are becoming lightless, or better black.
So the all clear body becomes a play of bright light and thin black lines on the body elements.
Any other media would not have this possibility. When it comes to move around the sculpture, here is when you see the power of glass scultpures. The black lines that countours the objects start moving and getting larger or deeper and thin depending of the point of observation. I made a few photos with black bakground and lights on the sides and the result is the reverse, central black and light to design the outline. Please see the photos.
In abstract glass sculptures, refraction lightless painting master is and will be forever Livio Seguso.
A masterpiece that will become the point of conversation, a reminder of futility of vanity and how great can the glass art be.
Igor Balbi (Artist)
Lucio Bubacco (Artist)
Height: 6.3 in. (16 cm)
Width: 7.09 in. (18 cm)
Depth: 16.15 in. (41 cm)
Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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