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Pierre Seinturier. The little house they used to live in

45 min visit

Paris
Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois
5 Mar → 10 Apr 2021
From Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 7 pm. Closed Sunday.

« Spotlight on the new paintings of young Pierre Seinturier! »

The artist no longer confines himself to painting or drawing, which he usually does, but has recently taken up photography. He uses film to capture modern architecture and urban landscapes of all kinds. These black and white prints are sorted in chronological order and carefully stored in binders. It is this photographic archive that is the source of Pierre Seinturier's latest paintings. One can feel the influence of this new practice on his production: frame, contrasting light, sharpness and blurring, depth of field... Without ever giving a photographic aspect to his paintings, one feels that this influence is present. Moreover, it is more the aesthetics of the canvases that attract the eye than the subject matter itself. The two main paintings in the exhibition illustrate this perfectly. Painted in soft colours, they are almost identical: two houses are depicted in the middle of a field. Half of the canvases are occupied by a very light sky, as if they had hardly been painted at all. In one of them, a woman almost invites us to enter the painting by waving her hand. Whether this is a warning signal or a simple invitation to the viewer, this painting remains mysterious. Like all of Pierre Seinturier's work, in fact. And that is surely the main subject of these compositions: mystery! Impossible to locate the place where the actions represented take place or to give any temporality... Everything is blurred, as blurred as the outlines of the faces of his characters. All this can be explained by Pierre Seinturier's love for detective novels, but also by the way he works: with natural light in his studio. A mysterious exhibition full of poetry!

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