Il Ritorno del Barone Rosso
Acrylics and collage on board, 65x80 cm
The painting can be explored through various levels of reading:
The Red Baron, Manfred Von Richtoffen, is the glittering star admired by everyone and is the idol of the young men who, opening their arms as airplane wings, dream of imitating them. The playful aspect, as witnessed by the foreground figures dressed on one side like Arlecchino, is also reflected in the Baron's triplet designed as a comic (taken from a table by Hugo Pratt). Game, fairy tale, art comedy mix in the composition of the painting.
But the Red Baron also means the war and the baldness of young people superimpose the death represented by the red sky in a sad oxymoron: playful death or mortal joy.
We are a Berlin, "the sky over Berlin" is tripped by the red Baron tripling, but in Wenders' film there are angels who look silently at the men's gesture. The angels appear as in the poems of Rilke (With a nose in his forehead rejects / far from any constraint, every limit because his heart passes high and immense cycles / events that are eternal ...)