This is a truly warm and beautiful moment in the story of Pinocchio. The young puppet has finally found his father in the stomach of the giant dogfish, and they are reunited after two long years. Pinocchio has learned so many lessons, and he is truly overjoyed to find his beloved father, Geppetto. Greg has expertly captured the joy and pride in Geppetto's face and the love and contentment in the face of Pinocchio. This is a wonderfully heartwarming piece!
'The Adventures of Pinocchio', published in 1883, was written by Italian writer Carlo Collodi, but it is perhaps best known as a Disney film:
'Sitting in the darkened theatre next to my mother, I waited anxiously for the film to begin. Minutes into Walt Disney's Pinocchio, I was lost in the magic and mystery of not only a puppet brought to life, but also in the creation of an entire imaginary world…Inocchio's experiences and sacrifices transformed him, just as I believe that our experiences and sacrifices transform us. Pinocchio was the first film I ever saw. It had a lasting impact on me. Its images are powerful and majestic, and it determined the course of my artistic career.
I love illustrating the classics, because they continue to inspire people today as they always have throughout the years. Being able to paint the characters of classic literature as I see them has been a lifelong goal of mine. However, each time I illustrate a classic, I'm concerned because people who know the stories also have their own images of what the characters should look like. The story of Pinocchio left a deep impression on me, and I have always wanted to illustrate it. When we found this early translation of Collodi's original story, it gave me the ability and freedom to create new images based on Collodi's original works.
…There was a challenge in designing the puppet so that the wooden boy could be an appealing character. To paint him so that people could relate to him, I made a puppet to pose and combined whim with a real boy…"
-- Illustrator's Note by Greg Hildebrandt in his illustrated classic, 'Pinocchio'.
Of all the stories Greg has ever loved, 'Pinocchio' has had a deep and profound impact on Greg Hildebrandt, and we believe that all of the love he has for this story was put into every brushstroke of every painting.
Spiderwebart Gallery is offering this painting on consignment from the owner.
Signed by Greg Hildebrandt.
Framed size: 20"x25"