Transgenic playmate, tribute to Francisco de Goya

Transgenic playmate, tribute to Francisco de Goya

Work in progress

Acrylic on canvas

H : 120 cm ; L : 90 cm

In a minimalist setting reminiscent of a box, a young girl, who seems to have emerged from a manga, holds a domestic animal half rabbit half chicken on a leash. The red line formed by the bridle extends visually into the knot of her necklace, suggesting the emotional ties between the child and her playmate but also the embarrassment and choking felt in the presence of an unusual animal creature. While a black shadow threatens to gradually invade the painting from left to right, the animal's blue-turquoise eyes, echoed by those of the little girl, plunge directly into those of the spectator, as if to challenge his conscience in the face of the threat posed by contemporary witch apprentices and their genetic manipulation...


Au-delà

Au-delà

Acrylic on canvas

H : 101 cm ; L : 75 cm

Atomic, tribute to Thomas Gainsborough

Atomic, tribute to Thomas Gainsborough

Acrylic on canvas

H : 120 cm ; L : 90 cm

Straight out of a fairy tale, a little girl as wise as an image walks in an idealized nature, evoking the refinement of Japanese gardens and the emblematic power of the volcanoes of the Land of the Rising Sun, in search of the most beautiful flowers that will compose her bouquet.

A minimalist decoration summarized in a few lines, the child's frontal pose, her large light eyes that plunge directly into those of the spectator contribute to create a magnetic relationship.

A closer look at this strange landscape reveals that the little girl, located in the background, with her palette of soft and pale colors, is absorbed by the mist that gradually invades the painting and seems to be caused by the expansion of an imposing cloud, whose vortex ring and smoke column characterize the deflagrations of an atomic bomb...

The Mimines N°1, tribute to Diégo Velasquez

The Mimines N°1, tribute to Diégo Velasquez

Acrylic on canvas

H : 81 cm ; L : 60 cm

Miss Diotime, tribute to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Miss Diotime, tribute to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

Acrylic on canvas

H : 170 cm ; L : 120 cm


This large portrait pays tribute to that of Miss Rivière. The great painter's ideal of beauty, based on the complex alchemy between lines and colors, is certainly not foreign to his favorite hobby, the violin, which he practiced at a professional level, hence the expression "violin of Ingres".

The child is presented in full length ; the enlarged proportions of his face and the reduced proportions of his shoes highlight the grace and charm of the physical characteristics of childhood. In her left hand, she holds her favorite plush, offering a range of materials worked in a monochrome palette, which are awakened by a few bright accents of complementary colors. The garland of pink peonies, which fall in decline, the horizontal lines, which evoke those of a musical score, are details that suggest the musical universe and underline the close relationship between the two forms of artistic expression.

The four-leaf clover, tribute to Antoine Watteau

The four-leaf clover, tribute to Antoine Watteau

Acrylic on canvas

H : 120 cm ; L : 75 cm

Back to the sea, dressed in a strange suit and shoes too tall, borrowed from Antoine Watteau's Pierrot, a Harlequin (Charlot, or Gorgon) hairless by the wind stands on the edge of a cliff ; he holds in one hand a lucky charm, the four-leaf clover.

The deliberately minimalist composition suggests a universe far from any material comfort. Reduced to a simple cross formed by the body and the horizon line, it symbolically recalls the end of all human life, and confers an almost sacred climate to the staging. Slightly off-centre, it opens the perspective to the right on the detail of a boat passing offshore.

As wise as an image

As wise as an image

Acrylic on canvas

H : 50 cm ; L : 50 cm

The lifeboat, tribute to Rembrandt van Rijn

The lifeboat, tribute to Rembrandt van Rijn

Acrylic on canvas

H: 64 cm ; L: 55 cm

Borrowed from Rembrandt van Rijn, the young woman's face is accessorized with an astonishing hat (the master kept in his workshop all kinds of more or less exotic objects that he used to dress his models), made up of an entwined couple finding refuge behind the sails of a lifeboat.

Against a background of minimalist decor, suggesting precariousness, the subject stably supports the viewer's gaze, the ultimate hope of breaking the curse of solitude for many women who have no access to any form of emancipation.



Vulnerable, tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Vulnerable, tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Acrylic on canvas

H : 64 cm ; L : 54 cm

This portrait of a woman is inspired by various details collected in Johannes Vermeer's work.

The shape of the face is treated imperceptibly, as if it were dissolved by light, while the window is clear, drawing the eye to what is the main subject of the painting, the opening to the outside, with its play of shadow projections and lighting that animate the depth.

The enchanting island (disarmed mosquito), tribute to Antoine Watteau

The enchanting island (disarmed mosquito), tribute to Antoine Watteau

Acrylic on canvas

H : 89 cm ; L : 116 cm


A source of varied imaginations, the island has inspired many travel stories from XVIIᵉ and XVIIIᵉ centuries as well as many fiction works from XIXᵉ and XXᵉ centuries. Isolated land in the middle of the ocean, a place of refuge and mystery, a territory dreamed of as much as cursed, it invites you to adventure in the heart of a wild nature.

In homage to Antoine Watteau, to his idealized characters in dreamlike landscapes, a young angel girl, dressed in a costume reminiscent of the commedia dell'arte, tamed a giant mosquito and butterfly with a human face.

The theatrical sunset, which occupies most of the composition, with its caressing lights blends the contours of the pictorial motifs, making the horizon transparent and light, affirming a pure play of colours, contrasts of materials and transparencies, the real subject of this large format.

Carousel

Carousel

Acrylic on canvas

H : 83 cm ; L : 120 cm

Private collection


Seeming to have escaped from a children's carousel, this unusual crew, indifferent to the comedy they could arouse, gets drunk on the taste of freedom. A bath toy - a yellow plastic duck - whose webbed leg mechanism can be raised by a simple turn of a key, tows the boat with confidence and seems set for an infinite journey.


The point of view adopted in the composition, excluding any spatial reference point that would make it possible to delimit the sky of the water, contributes to the impression of lightness of the coupling floating in a universe without limits or constraints.

Behind its apparent ingenuity, this scene speaks of independence and pleads for the liberation of rules that more or less hinder human actions.

Don Quichotte

Don Quichotte

Acrylic on panel

H : 21,9 cm ; L : 30,6 cm

Published in “Le miroir de tes rêves”

Delft view, tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Delft view, tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Acrylic on panel

H : 24,7 cm ; L : 40,8 cm

Lost childhood, tribute to the old Dutch Masters

Lost childhood, tribute to the old Dutch Masters

Acrylic on panel

H : 29,4 cm ; L : 20,7 cm

Published in “Le miroir de tes rêves”

Freedom I love you, tribute to Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Freedom I love you, tribute to Jean-Baptiste Greuze

H: 54 cm ; L: 65 cm

Acrylic on canvas

Jean-Baptiste Greuze could have been inspired by this moral genre scene, depicting the candor and emotion of a child in front of a stray dog on a beach, left to himself for his survival ?

The gestures and expressiveness of the face echo those of the young girl at "L'Oiseau mort", recontextualized in the paradisiacal setting of the Indian Ocean and the Coin de Mire, an emblematic island in northern Mauritius.

The girl dressed in a fluid nightgown, which does not hinder her movements and evokes the cult of freedom dear to Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose writings are contemporary with Greuze's work, is worried for her fellow at a time when the last glimmers of the setting sun are fading and gradually plunge the subjects into the shadows.