Welcome to old Philly

$181
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One of a kind work
20 x 20 cm
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Acrylic painting
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Material
Canvas
Dimensions
20 x 20 cm
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Welcome to old Philly": Philly is the nickname given to the city of Philadelphia in the United States. This painting is part of the "Before Gentrification" series. Gentrification comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Gentry: Upper class: bourgeoisie. Gentrification" is the urban phenomenon by which a working-class neighborhood is transformed into a middle-class neighborhood. This series represents buildings in cities such as London, New York or Paris that are destroyed under the guise of modernity or risk of insalubrity and transformed by real estate developers who will renovate or redo in order to sell at high prices. These small buildings are the symbol of a historical past. These working-class neighbourhoods represent the history of these men and women who made the city literally and figuratively, who made history and contributed to the city's wealth. By painting these buildings, these urban landscapes, I am keeping this past in mind and paying tribute to these men and women. Acrylic on canvas (American frame on request) dated, signed and painted red on the sides.

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Valérie Le Meur

30 fans

GIF SUR YVETTE (91), FRANCE

54 works

His first paintings already represented factories, characters from everyday life. Already, she painted her first scenes by highlighting the light, the colours and by framing these scenes in a very personal way.

Valérie Le Meur works with acrylic and inks. Acrylic is a material that suits her because she works by quick touches, she is impatient and this technique allows her to give her painting a speed, a raw aspect, sometimes violent, she is in the urgency of the moment.

His paintings are representations of contemporary, urban reality. She works from photos she takes, chooses and frames. The work of composing the painting is almost entirely done at that time. What she is looking for above all is an atmosphere. Characters that you can guess from behind the windows of a building, the conversations you hear in a pub.

She will gladly ignore the reality of a shape or colour, or perspective. She wants to get the spectators into her paintings, she has set the scene and invites them to imagine their own scenario. Valérie Le Meur is a humanist painter, the human being is at the heart of her paintings; whether it is represented or underlying. We see them or we guess them. Behind a building facade, in a crane, behind the theatre curtains. She is not looking for the conceptual or the pleasant.

His paintings are a mark of our contemporary world: a theatre, a factory or a building under construction, a museum that drowns under the effect of rising water. A testimony of our daily life in our urban environment that it wants to keep for future generations. With a part of a dream....

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