After very short studies in the field of painting and sculpture, which he chose to abandon since they didn’t meet his intricate needs for freedom, Jean-Marie Bartoli, decided at the age of 24 years old to remain at home in Corsica and to dedicate himself to painting. He deeply felt that his art had to undergo an intense and solitary introspection. Continually unsatisfied with his work, he rarely (too rarely) presented his artwork at exhibitions. For him, art is an act of construction in its essence and not a competition for glory and social praise. It represents rather a genuine awareness of selfconsciousness, one that is to be found in the dramatic deepness at the heart of his paintings. The 90’s are highlighted by his encounter with the Orient and particularly with India after he read the work of Ananda Coomaraswamy, an art historian who passed away long time ago. He found in his writings the great everlasting principles of the living nature called Mother Earth which essence is a physical manifestation that implies that the matter is alive and possesses its own language. The mission on earth is thus for the artist to understand it and to transmit it to his contemporary fellows.
From his introspection our emotion is born…
A key sentence changes forever his conception on art: “the secret of art
lies in the art of being able to erase oneself”.
Those magical words spoke directly to his consciousness which was already longing for freedom and for words without concessions that mirror his interior adventure. For him, far away from criticism or glorification, far away from moral or history: “It’s the reality that must be questioned with priority even at the risk of losing some lucidity. A successful work of art must ask the question: Is the work in front of our consciousness really what we think it is?”