Since 1985, in a shady copse facing the library of the Faculty of Law of the University of Liège , an open book, blue and white colors, offers us a world view of Alechinsky .
"Album and Blue " - a work of Alechinsky, in the Open Air Museum of Sart Tilman / Liège University - photo Nadine Govers
"Album and Blue" ... two vertical concrete panels , illustrated with 48 plates enamelled lava , give the forms and themes explored by the painter for fifty years: telluric themes (including erupting volcanoes ) , the planet orbits , plant spiral , images of Wallonia's legend (with the Lion of Waterloo , or Gille of Binche) . As a moral fable, the story ends , bottom right , with a skull ... remember that you are mortal !
Symmetrical in the provision of its two "pages" , the work is also deployed in a very elaborate set of mirrors . In the Middle Ages, the "mirror" ( speculum ) meant a kind of encyclopedia reflecting the world or even the ideal of the reader .
"Album and Blue " by Pierre Alechinsky : detail of a panel of enameled lava to Earth theme. - Photo Open Air Museum of Sart- Tilman .
"Album and Blue " Alechinsky - the story ends at the bottom right on a " memento mori " - photo Open Air Museum of Sart- Tilman
On a slab , the work is signed twice ... legibly and mirror, as a double page , repeating the arrengement of the concrete walls and glazed lava .
The colors of the work - album ( white in Latin) and blue - is the result of a deliberate choice , not a technical constraint , as an allusion to the plates in Delft, the Portuguese "azulejos" , or simply popular ceramics . ( after Jean Housen and Yves Randaxhe )
"Album and Blue " Alechinsky - panel of enamelled lava, signing and dating the work - photo Open Air Museum of Sart- Tilman
Alechinsky , born in 1927 in Brussels , is a painter and printmaker , bringing in his work expressionism and surrealism . Left handed prevented , according to the fashions of the time , the educators leave him his left hand for minor works ... the drawing.
From 1944 to 1948 , he studied book illustration, typography, printing techniques and photography at the National Superior School of Architecture and Visual Arts of La Cambre in the Belgian capital . He discovered during these years the work of the Surrealists.
It becomes a major player in the Belgian art world of post-war and co-founded the Ateliers du Marais. He joined in 1949 the CoBrA movement , which brings together artists from Copenhagen , Brussels and Amsterdam. CoBrA advocates a return to a more challenging art .
It will gradually abandon the oil in favor of materials that allow him to express a fluid style, as the ink. Fascinated by oriental calligraphy , he made several trips to the Far East.
Staying in New York in the 60s , he discovered acrylic paint , which is initiated by Wallace Ting . It opens in Central Park " the painting with marginal remarks ," where like the cartoon, the central image is surrounded on all sides by a series of vignettes filling the painting .
Among its production, I pinned some etching and lithograph of the " erupting volcano " .
" Bouche à feu." Original etching in colors, Alechinsky 1994 , very nice proof signed, dated , titled and numbered from an edition at 60 copies (50 + X). This print is printed on colored paper manuscript of the eighteenth century. Paper dimensions : 31.5 x 22 cm. Dimensions of the engraving : 22.5 X 16 cm - Doc. Galerie Michel Fillion .
" Dernier en date" - Original lithograph in colors, 1996 Alechinsky , very nice proof printed on Arches paper , signed, dated , titled and numbered from an edition of 90. Dimensions: 67 X 50 cm. - Doc. Galerie Michel Fillion .