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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude pour la Porte de Déméter, Naples

Ernest Pignon-Ernest Etude pour la Porte de Déméter, Naples, 1990

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude pour la Porte de Déméter, Naples
  • Offered by the gallery

    Les artistes témoins
    Maxéville - France

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Drawing : pierre noire

  • Themes

    Nude, Graphic

  • Support

    Drawing on Arches paper

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    12.6 x 15 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    Dessin à la pierre noire signé en bas à gauche

    Cette oeuvre emblématique fait partie d'un rare ensemble de dessins préparatoires pour les travaux in-situ de l'artiste à Naples entre 1988 et 1995.

    "L’histoire de Naples ne s’efface pas ; s’y superposent mythologies grecque, romaine, chrétienne. Niçois, j’y ai retrouvé une familiarité ancienne, essentielle, comme ce sentiment, en marchant à Cumes dans l’antre de la Sibylle, d’un retour au ventre de la terre : des retrouvailles avec des origines immémoriales.
    Dans l’entrelacs des rues, mes images interrogent ces mythes, elles tracent des parcours qui se croisent, se superposent ; elles traitent de nos origines, de la femme, des rites de mort que sécrète cette ville coincée entre le Vésuve et les terres en ébullition de la Solfatare sous laquelle Virgile, déjà, situait les Enfers ; elles convoquent Caravage, parlent des cultes païennes et chrétiens que porte aux ténèbres cette cité ensoleillée. C’est une quête au long cours, qui a duré des années, de ce qui fonde ma culture, ma sensibilité méditerranéenne".

    Ernest Pignon-Ernest.


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Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Born in: 1942


Emergent Artist

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, ambassador of urban art in France was born in Nice in 1942. He lives in Paris where he spread his art in the streets of the capital.

With charcoal and black chalk, he sketches human-sized figures on posters and then sticks them. He works with ribbed erasers of all sizes, refines shadows and brings realism and depth to his work. Like an owl, he goes out hunting walls in the night in order to create. Discreet and quick are the key words for his nocturnal outings.

Ernest-Pignon Ernest doesn't choose his places coincidentally. Thinking about the space takes up as much time as the final creation. A true instigator, he deciphers the environment in its spatial and symbolic dimension. He needs to be able to capture the entire territory to have an expert hand on it and provide his fictional element afterward. The essence of the place is then portrayed to all.

With Daniel Buren and Gérard Zlotykamien, Ernest-Pignon Ernest is one of the founding fathers of street art in France. Since 30 years, he uses dreams and poetry in alleys and streets, plotting the furrow for those generations of artists that will follow.

He can't help it but he still has some urban art founding principles like the ephemeral. Ernest-Pignon Ernest produces in series  with the help of thin and delicate paper, therefore he goes with the flow of events. The work in streets belong to him and depend on him. The drawings will vanish through time or will be covered.

The artist gives a lot of important to the fact that creation has to be a part of his visual context. His human figures trigger face to face encounters with passers by, they are questioned while being on the street.

During his whole life, the artist defended all kinds of major social issues and became part of these in a political and artistic manner. In 1977, he was one of the founders of the National union of visual artists and the member of the French communism party.

His career and trips made him encounter horrible scenes. Firstly, he was horrified by the apocalypse events which hit Nagasaki and the walls still retain the traces, he sees shadows still impacted by the shock. The AIDS issue in South of Africa not to mention the struggle against Apartheid.

Ernest-Pignon-Ernest manages to capture the beauty and terror of the world, sometimes in the same work. He springs the essence of these two worlds, in order to question and stimulate the conscience, through finesse.

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