Atomic, Work in progress, tribute to Thomas Gainsborough

Atomic, Work in progress, tribute to Thomas Gainsborough

Acrylic on canvas

H : 120 cm ; L : 90 cm

Singapore 2018


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

Marseille 2018

The enchanting island, tribute to Antoine Watteau

The enchanting island, tribute to Antoine Watteau

Acrylic on canvas

H : 89 cm ; L : 116 cm

Mauritius/Singapore 2018


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.








Source d’imaginaires variés, l’île a inspiré de nombreux récits de voyages aux XVIIᵉ et XVIIIᵉ siècles ainsi que bon nombre d’œuvres romanesques des XIXᵉ et XXᵉ siècles. Terre isolée au milieu de l’océan, lieu de refuge et de mystères, territoire rêvé autant que maudit, elle invite à l’aventure au cœur d’une nature sauvage.

En hommage à Antoine Watteau, à ses personnages idéalisés dans des décors de paysages oniriques, une jeune fille-ange, vêtue d’un costume évoquant la commedia dell’arte, apprivoise un moustique-papillon géant à visage humain.

Le théâtral coucher de soleil, qui occupe la majeure partie de la composition, avec ses lumières caressantes vient fondre les contours des motifs picturaux, rendre la ligne d’horizon transparente et légère, affirmant un pur jeu de couleurs, de contrastes de matières et de transparences, véritable sujet de ce grand format.

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

Luxembourg 2012

Emmanuelle's taste for old masters, including Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, has never been denied. Her training, her travels and her professional experience have allowed her to have a direct and daily relationship with the masterpieces, which have shaped her eye and determined her favorites.


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

Mauritius 2016

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

Singapore 2018

Carousel

Carousel

Acrylic on canvas

H : 83 cm ; L : 120 cm

Mauritius 2016

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

Paris 2008

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

Paris 2006

Les carottiers

Les carottiers

Acrylic on panel

H : 21 cm ; L : 29,8 cm

Paris 2008

Published in “Le miroir de tes rêves”

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

Paris 2006

Published in “Le miroir de tes rêves”

The sailboat, tribute to Rembrandt van Rijn

The sailboat, tribute to Rembrandt van Rijn

Acrylic on canvas

H: 64 cm ; L: 55 cm

Mauritius 2018

Borrowed from Rembrandt van Rijn, this 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).

The couple embraced in the canoe is a discreet tribute to Paul and Virginia, the famous heroes of the 19th century writer Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, who was inspired by the sinking of the Saint-Géran, off the coast of the village of Poudre d'Or, for his novel.


View of the Indien ocean, tribute to Johannes Vermeer

View of the Indien ocean, tribute to Johannes Vermeer

Acrylic on canvas

H : 64 cm ; L : 54 cm

Mauritius 2018

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.

Liberty I love you, tribute to Jean-Baptiste Greuze

Liberty I love you, tribute to Jean-Baptiste Greuze

H: 54 cm ; L: 65 cm

Acrylic on canvas

Mauritius 2018

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.