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Bertrand Noël, The Vase

Bertrand Noël The Vase , 2014

View in a room Photography 29.5 x 19.7 inch 5 remaining copies


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Bertrand Noël, The Vase
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    Professional art gallery
    Pantin - France

  • Authenticity

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

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    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Photography : argentic edition

  • Support

    Photography on fine art paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 6 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    29.5 x 19.7 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    The history of photography is very closely related to the history of painting: it was invented by painters, for painters.

    Even though religious iconography interests me and inspires me, in this case, it is mainly a pretext to deal with the evolution of photography as a medium, through the History of art and the different physical surfaces used to represent the work of art, either a photographical, a pictural, or a graphical one.

    The walls of the greatest museums in the world display religious related works. These pieces have so consistently contributed to educate populations, to teach the illiterate the story of Christ through images, that a constant and determined iconography comes from them. This subject does not have for sole purpose to establish a classification of genres, it also calls for a reinforcement of the pictural and photographical mechanic, and the impersonality of nowadays images sharing similarities with the famous religious presentations.

    Among the many paintings depicting devotion, annunciation, crucifixion, the master's painting is anonymous. To see beyond the unescapable iconography, you need a second analysis. Despite the authentic strength of the religious masterpieces, despite the proper style of each painter, the iconography captivates the viewer who instantly recognizes the subject of these paintings.

    The present work plays with the popularity of religious iconography and the unpopularity of the genre nowadays. First, the mythological and religious references of the painting have to be made obvious. You need to make the religious matter, in ordre to reveal through interpretation the expressive force of the religion of the image. Hence the combination of a variety of technics in order to create connections between painting, photography, graphism, religion and the place of the image in general.

    These representations are the result of an accumulation, a superimposition of textures, references and stories. They intend to echo the place of image in today's society. The circle is one of the fundamental symbols (the second one, to be precise, with the cross, the square and the center). As such, it is very meaningful, and can be represented in many ways. All the meanings and representations can be related, and might be combined, but also opposed. The circle encompasses the place you come from and the place you want to go back to. The circle symbolizes the starting point, the beginning, but also the destination.

    Red is an ambiguous colour, it plays with paradoxes and provokes contradictory emotions: love/anger, sensuality/sexuality, enthusiasm/prohibition. It can be considered a warm, reassuring colour, evoking love, passion, warmth, but it can also be associated with blood, hell, lust.

    As a result, the red circle represents passionate feelings, their presence in the territory of the image from classical painting, up to modern photography and their ability to transcribe the imaginary, historical and symbolical power. It also emphasizes the importance of the gesture. The one of the represented figure, but also the one of the photographer. By this mean, he asserts himself as a creator of image.

    The image as a whole evokes the immortality of the image, of our love of icons, of our imaginary and mythological logic, while the gesture reminds us the need for representation, the need for creation, the act.

    • Tags
    • photograph

    • religion


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Bertrand Noël

Born in: 1980


After studying cinema (Master 2 in Film Studies and Audiovisual), Bertrand Noël attended several photographers for a year and a half before he started up as a freelancer.

After several exhibitions in Paris (Les Rencontres d'Arles, Paris Photo 2014, Galerie See Studio, La Nuit de la Photographie Contemporaine, Carré Baudoin, La Nuit Blanche, La Bergerie, Université Panthéon-Assas ...), Bertrand Noël is starting to work as an independent Photographer all the while completing personal series (La Physionomie des Moeurs, Crisis ex Nihilo, Pictures for Women, On religious beliefs...).

Pictures for Women has won him the SFR Young Talents price at the Rencontres d'Arles 2012.
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