tratto timbrico e le stesure di colore piatto

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  1. jugee Junior Member

    English
    Hi. I am trying to translate a dialogue between an artist and a critic and I am having trouble with "tratto timbrico e color piatto". The artist is speaking of his typical style, there is not much context here:

    "Ogni qualvolta ho cambiato mano per fare questi dipinti mi sentivo rigenerato, pronto a tornare a quella che io sento "la mia pittura". Mi riferisco ai quadri con il tratto timbrico e le stesure di colore piatto. Ogni qualvolta ho cambiato mano per fare questi dipinti mi sentivo rigenerato, pronto a tornare a quella che io sento "la mia pittura". Mi riferisco ai quadri con il tratto timbrico e le stesure di colore piatto."

    My attempt:

    "Every time I change my style to make one of these paintings I feel reinvigorated, ready to return to what I consider “my painting”. I am referring to my paintings with the stamped style and layers of flat color."

    Thanks.
     
  2. TheNameOfAWind

    TheNameOfAWind Senior Member

    Rome <3
    Italian
    Hi!
    "Colore piatto" means "plain color", without nuances, or depth.
    I'm not sure about "tratto timbrico", but I found this on the internet:

    One example of "pittura timbrica" is Matisse's work.
     
  3. jugee Junior Member

    English
    So would this be "solid-colored strokes" or something of that nature?
     
  4. TheNameOfAWind

    TheNameOfAWind Senior Member

    Rome <3
    Italian
    Oh, I would wait for some native who can tell you the perfect English expressions, but sounds fine to me.
    I think "tratto timbrico" is more specifically about the "shape" of the colors, the fact that they are constrained in sharp contours and they don't blend with each others, maintaining a strong contrast, while "stesure di colore piatto" refers to the colors themselves not having shades, so "solid-colored strokes", yeah. Or simply "solid color strokes", do you think that could work?
     

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