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Contemporary art

Marc Desgrandchamps. Dark Gardens

45 min visit

Galerie Lelong
5 Sep → 5 Oct 2019
From Tue to Fri 10:30 am to 6 pm. Sat 2 pm to 6:30 pm. Closed Mon and Sun.

« A great painter too rare. A must see!  »

"Painter of transparency, evanescence, liquid ghosts": these terms often come back to art critics to describe the approach of the French painter Marc Desgrandchamps. The latter paints figures, showing through them the mineral, trees, objects and other things. His work is easily recognizable by its landscapes animated by figures, fragmented objects in suspension, its indefinite space. For his second solo exhibition, Marc Desgrandchamps has himself chosen the title "Jardins obscurs". Some paintings evoke mysterious outdoor scenes, without human presence, where a dark green prevails in a twilight atmosphere. Drawing his references from personal photographs or memories of film scenes that have left their mark on him (for example, the large garden surrounding the house in "Melancholia" by Lars von Trier), this time the artist uses more contrasting tones. In other paintings, there are fleeting silhouettes, transparent on blue backgrounds, that recall older works that can be seen in the artist's exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou (2006) or the Musée d'art Moderne de la ville de Paris (2011). His painting made of very liquid juices creates drips, which he says he no longer sees, but which contribute to the impression of a world that is at the same time very much alive. A discreet artist, Marc Desgrandchamps has benefited from several major exhibitions (Musée d'art contemporain de Strasbourg (2004), Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (2004), Musée national d'Art moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou (2006), including a very fine retrospective in 2011 at the Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris.


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