This series is a reflection on painting and photography. Two arts that echo each other by the symbolic, emotional and aesthetic dimension they convey.
In the 19th century, painters were inspired by photography to compose their paintings and photographers were inspired by paintings to stage their images. For Baudelaire, photography is the “ideal servant of painting”. This interaction is confirmed in the 20th century with the works of Hopper, Bacon and Richter, in which painting and photography are closely linked. In the 21st century, with the emergence of new technologies, artworks
create more illusion and produce a confusion in the mind of the viewer who no longer clearly identifies the nature of the work or the elements that compose it.
This photographic series seeks to show the extent to which painting has invaded our imagination and how our unconscious is dominated by a multitude of pictorial referents. When staring at a work of art, the mind instantly projects other images that it remembers and that have marked it. It compares, looks for similarities, to better assimilate the work and memorize it. And very often it is a pictorial image which emerges from its
memory. A painting.
In this series, made from details of films and documentaries, I was interested in photographically transposing history painting, academic painting, made of portraits, landscapes, seascapes, bourgeois interiors and genre scenes. Baroque, impressionist and Victorian painters have particularly inspired me. A figurative and sensitive painting, easy to recognize, whose symbolic and allegorical themes have crossed the centuries.