Those Faraway Summers

Olev Subbi Those Faraway Summers 2006 acrylic, oil, masonite 75 × 100 cm

The title gives us the key to interpreting the painting: it is a nostalgic reference to the past. The set table and familiar chairs are fragments of memory, while the empty plates and the lack of people at the table stress the passage of time and tell us that even though memories can revive some things, they do not replace the past. The perspective in the work of art also seems to look into the past, making the viewer’s gaze go into the far distance. The painting consists of realistic fragments, such as the table, chairs and some other details, which are supplemented by abstract Subbian colour planes meant to create specific associations. Are the yellows fields of grain? Is the green a pasture? Is the blue a lake?