Chroniques d’un portraitiste
For more than twenty years, Gérard Rondeau has photographed numerous personalities, most often for the daily newspaper Le Monde : Patricia Highsmith or Max Bill in Switzerland, Franck Stella, Keith Haring, Louise Bourgeois or Roy Lichtenstein in New York, Antoni Tapies in Barcelona, Baselitz in Germany in his castle and Paul Rebeyrolle in his studio in Burgundy, Nathalie Sarraute, Jacques Derrida, Samuel Fuller, André Dhôtel or Albert Cossery at their homes in Paris, Mohammed Choukri and Paul Bowles in Tangier…
With this series of encounters, Rondeau offers us a trip to the land of culture. His light-impregnated posed portraits are in the realm of intimacy and interiority.
“Rondeau uses a concept of portraiture close to that of Manet and Cézanne.
The faces of Manet and Cézanne are not the explicit masks of a feeling or
of a social state. They give rise to numerous, contradictory and changing suggestions
like every individual.
Neither of the waitress at the Bar aux Folies-Bergère, nor of Madame Cézanne, nor of any other of
their models, it is not possible to say that they are obviously like this or like
that, whether they certainly think this or that. Everything in these works is infinitely more
delicate, everything is infinitely more elusive.
It is the same with Rondeau’s portraits: he acts in the interval between two attitudes
and thus gives back to each of those he photographs his depths and his
Philippe Dagen in “Chronicles of a Portraitist”.
The exhibition consists of about a hundred framed prints ranging from 18 x 18 cm to 130 x 130 cm format. It can be modulated according to the place and the scenography.
Martin Gropuis Bau, Berlin, 2007
Lycée Louis le Grand, Paris, 2007
LeParvis, Pau, -2017
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