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The queen is dead

$1,212
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One of a kind work | Framed and Ready to Hang
40 x 60 cm
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Technique
Mixed media
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One of a kind work
Material
Mounted Canvas
Dimensions
40 x 60 cm
Framing
Yes (45 x 65 cm)
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This work belongs to the series "The Queen" which addresses the question of power in the form of portraits of queens in various postures.

Here, "The Queen is Dead" speaks of the dual nature of power: both embodied in a person (the queen as a human being) and independent of her (power is a function, regardless of the person exercising it), which historian Kantorowicz described in his theory of the "two bodies of the king". With the marmoréan aspect that evokes the recumbent figures of the Middle Ages, we are here clearly in the order of the sacred function of power, in the symbolic solemnity: it is power, immortal, that is represented here, not its mortal and ephemeral human holder.

This painting is a unique piece created in mixed media on canvas and mixing photography, digital composition and acrylic painting. The surface is shiny, with raised squares. The work is framed in an American black box (total dimensions: about 65 x 45 cm).

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Georges DUMAS

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Aubervilliers (93), France

115 works

For about ten years now, I have been creating paintographies. As its name suggests, a paintography is a mixture of painting and photography.

From photography, I keep the initial shot, an essential and unavoidable basis for the work to come. I also retain, despite all the successive manipulations carried out afterwards on the computer, the precision, finesse and plastic quality that certainly distinguish it from painting other than hyper-realistic. However, a paintography is not a photograph, it is a plastic construction that raises doubts in the eyes, that raises the question of the nature of the image that is offered to the eyes of the spectators. What part of the work was captured by the objective, what part recreated by the software work, what part brought by the acrylic glazes?

Layers, layers, stacks: despite its extreme readability, a paintography is a complex construction, based on a succession of screens. The fabric or skin never appears naked, they are always covered by a material that is as much a screen as it is a body with them. This matter is itself obscured by squares that seem either to detach from it or to deepen within it; by evoking the pixels at the base of any digital image, these squares remind us that this matter is a decoy, that it is virtual. And yet, in the works in mixed technique, it is precisely these squares that appear in relief on the surface of the canvas, in a strange transparent materiality...

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