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Victor hugo

$16,839
Sculpture
From a limited edition of 8
27 x 54 cm
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Bronze Sculpture
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Limited edition of 8
Dimensions
27 x 54 cm
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The initial earthenware work (named "master)" of the writer is deposited at the Fonderie de Bronze Lauragaise, one of the last art foundries in France, which works with lost wax. On 16 April 2019, the sculptor went to the foundry to proceed with the final stage: the patina of the bronze. This is done using a blowtorch to fix the colours. Victor Hugo thus undergoes the ordeal of fire, while the cathedral that the writer immortalized in his novel "Notre-Dame de Paris" is still smoking from the gigantic fire that ravaged it the night before. For the artist, "this face was difficult to sculpt.

In most of the photos, the young Hugo appears in artificial poses and forced expressions. Older, his physique does not seem to stick to his inner strength. It is when he reaches maturity that his gaze takes on its full dimension. In the work, the head slightly bows forward without signifying any pessimism. It is strength and will that are expressed here. Hidden but scrutinizing eyes see further than reality.

Around them, dark circles and wrinkles serve as a carnal frame, to better contrast with the depth of his mind. For me, human beings make their faces throughout their lives. "Agathe Lechevalier-Novak (19th century academic specialist): "I don't really like Hugo's young face or his traditional representations as a benevolent grandfather. Here the sculptor has perfectly grasped the way I imagine him: Hugo as the author of "Les Misérables" and "Les Contemplations", terribly profound and deeply human. "What does the presence of the initials V and H at the base of the work represent? Victor Hugo also built his name. He based his fame on this name, and he liked to repeat his initials, in his drawings for example. His identity, his structure are based on these two letters. The V is a letter that goes like an arrow. The H represents a solid, stable structure.

The patina is black with splashes of red. These are Hugo's two favourite colours. They recall the fire that devoured Notre-Dame, at the same time as the creative fire of the committed 19th century writer. In "Notre-Dame de Paris," when he introduces Quasimodo, Hugo writes, "The grimace was his face." Here, on the contrary, we have a structured but fluid, dark and powerful face.

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Gérard Lartigue

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Muret (31), France

86 works

Gérard Lartigue seeks Rodin’s truth, the truth which enables beauty to be manifested. To represent the human face and body, one must explore the volumes under the skin, muscle tension and bone structure.

Three decades immortalising the beauty of the body

Gérard Lartigue's work alternates between the forces of Eros (eroticism) and Thanatos (death). The artist believes firmly in the ability of forms and material to recreate life. Starting out as a painter, he has been a full-time artist for thirty years.

Lartique’s work is no longer a simple representation, it is now a living artwork. He considers himself to be a citizen of the world and a witness of our era, living in the present moment, free from his past. He spent his childhood and teenage years on another continent, America.

Hand gestures as a universal language, journey after journey

Later, Gérard Lartigue travelled primarily in Europe. Fluent in three languages, he managed to make himself understood almost everywhere he went, primarily using his hands. He explores human nature, going beyond the filters of culture, nation, social positions, profession, etc., and has become a highly skilled portrait artist. Drawing has always been the foundation of his art.

Lartigue works with different materials, from stone to marble, clay, plaster and bronze. He goes beyond figurative presence, exploring the deeper layers that affect time, the intangible, and the connection between matter and spirit.

In 2017, the renowned French writer Michel Houllebecq said, "Your bust of me is impressive. The earthy material has extreme expressive power."

"Artworks created from a vision that looks deep into the human being. From inert matter come expressive, lively faces." Painter and art critic Ksenia Milicevic.

Read Gérard Lartigue's Interview on the KAZoART Blog: https://www.kazoart.com/blog/en/artist-interview-%E2%80%A2-in-the-studio-with-gerard-lartigue/

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