n°22029 Messager IV, 2022

by Capton

Painting : oil 11.8 x 11.8 x 0.6 inch

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Capton, n°22029 Messager IV

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Dimensions cm inch

11.8 x 11.8 x 0.6 inch Height x Width x Depth


Not framed





Human body


Artwork sold in perfect condition

Origin: France

Dominant beige on a brown background. Half-naked Male Face, wearing a Ram's skull.
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PICTURA • France

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France  • 1961

Stubborn and non-conformist, Capton stubbornly digs his furrow. Capton is a committed artist, a painter who holds high his standards, his experience and his status. An artist of the New Renaissance, Capton asserts the heritage of the old masters and their ideal of beauty, from Caravaggio or Velasquez to Rosa Bonheur...

In 1982, Capton finished his studies at the School of Fine Arts in Orléans. In parallel with his creation, he animated from 1991 to 2003 the plastic arts workshops of the MJC of Olivet (Loiret).

In 2003, Capton put an end to this time-consuming teaching activity in order to devote himself exclusively to his creation and his career. Since then, he has lived solely from his painting. At the beginning, Capton devoted several years of research to the exploration of different techniques and various themes, landscape, botany or animal. Finally, he focused on two major themes: animal portraiture, mainly heavy domestic animals, bulls, cows and horses, as well as the male nude.

His pictorial research often refers to the universe of rurality. He draws inspiration from it. The contemplation of simple subjects fuels his reflection on today's world. For a long time already, cows, bulls and horses have accompanied his questions about the competence and legitimacy of Man in the government of the world. Domesticated animals, and especially herbivores, have assisted us in our evolution from hunter-gatherer to nomadic herder, and during the sedentarization of the farmer, builder of cities and states. The contribution of these animals to our civilizations has been considerable: food, labor force, clothing; so essential that our ancestors integrated them into their beliefs, raising modest ruminants to the rank of major deities, incarnations of the elements of Nature, often benevolent entities, but with destructive powers so considerable that they inspired as much adoration as terror .

These portraits are a tribute and a testimony of recognition for what they represent in our history.

This interest in myths, Capton developed it, in addition to his animal painting, in a study of the human figure, committed, turned towards the symbolism and the illustration of the struggles for power, exploitation and even violence. enslavement in human societies and towards Nature.

These two major themes, animal and human, are now for Capton like the two sides of a coin, complementary and inseparable. Two illustrations of the same subject, of the place of Man in History and in Nature.

- Eric Besnard, exhibition curator

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