Orient express

$1,959
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60 x 81 cm
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60 x 81 cm
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Inspired by the mythical train that linked the West to the East, this painting is an evocation and an invitation to travel. Jean-François Laurent chose to represent images (a minaret, a rose, an art deco motif) in the imposing plume of smoke emitted by the locomotive. These images represent the destination, distant, idealized and therefore unreal, with a character as fleeting as the smoke which will gradually fade away and eventually disappear.

The locomotive, the dark shape at the bottom of the painting, crosses the canvas from left to right, as the Orient Express travelled from west to east. We also find this idea of travel and a change of scenery with the two suns both setting and rising. In this structured composition, Jean-François Laurent wanted to insist on movement, on the strength of the machine while giving everyone the opportunity to project themselves into this mythical journey.

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JFL (Jean-François Laurent)

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YERRES (91), FRANCE

59 works

Jean-François Laurent - JFL was born in Lille in 1975. He has been mainly been painting in his own with oil on canvas frames since 1997. His work is inspired by lights, colours and transparencies. It is influenced by the works of Lyonel Feininger, Robert Delaunay and Constantin Brancusi.

In his paintings, Jean-François Laurent seeks to transform perspectives and light to show the invisible, the interdependence of things, beings and objects. The lines intersect, cut, deform to give a very structured composition, yet perfectly free and detached from the rules. The subject, ranging from figurative to total abstraction, remains as perceptible to the observer who can project themselves into these familiar forms, while leaving the possibility to see what they wants to see, to feel what they like. Light and shadows are everywhere in the canvas. From every point of view, the interpretation of the work can be different.

His touch is precise, he works with little material and with a reduced range of colours. In this way, he seeks to make the canvas vibrate, to make it feel alive and sensitive to its environment. JFL seeks that each work is to be rediscovered at every moment, that the one who observes it is caught by the composition, by the colours, by the movement and that each time he lets himself be touched as if it were the first time.

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