Overblog
Suivre ce blog
Editer la page Administration Créer mon blog

Earth of fire

Actualité volcanique, Article de fond sur étude de volcan, tectonique, récits et photos de voyage

Publié par Bernard Duyck
Publié dans : #L'art sur les chemins du feu

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 " - 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 " 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

"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

"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 .

" 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 .

" 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 .

Sources :

- Le Musée en plien air du Sart Tilman / ULg / Pierre Alechinsky - link

- Alechinsky et l'art contemporain entrent au Musée Granet - link

- Galerie Michel Fillion - Alechinsky : oeuvres, biographie - link

Articles récents

Hébergé par Overblog