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Frank Horvat, True appearances

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Galerie Lelong Matignon
18 Jun → 10 Oct 2020
From Tuesday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Monday and Sunday.

«  With his admirable photographic work, Frank Horvat allows us here to travel back in time, to the heart of art history. »

For this work exhibited at the Lelong & Co gallery, Frank Horvat (born in 1928 in Italy) stands at the crossroads of ancient and modern, classical and contemporary art. The photographer was once struck by people passing through, who would have had no place in fashion magazines for whom he might have worked, but whose beauty resonated with art. People beautiful enough to be in a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens or Ingres. Horvat then reproduced classical paintings: Velázquez's Meninas, Degas' Dancer or Virgin and Child, figures so familiar to anyone who knows art history. Picture after picture, he crossed this modern medium of photography with a polished composition and a raw light reminiscent of the brushstrokes and paintings of the old masters. He has dressed his models in the image of those who posed centuries before, while nonchalantly positioning them, head down, legs apart, to anchor them in their present.


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