EUGENIE PAULTRE, VERTICALS. RECENT PAINTINGS.
Emmanuel Daydé, Eugénie Paultre. Vertical of Passion.
The idea of opting for a landscape format to insert her strips of colours originates from her observation of the limit between the sea and the sky, during a short stay in a place along the Atlantic shores. She achieved a vertical humanization and gave back the sparkles of nature to her primitive yearnings in a standing position. This was the result of slimming down her strips of colours and bringing them closer to one another, whilst preserving the colour obtained under another colour by using adhesive tape and whilst also playing on the contrasts between the medium’s thickness and its watery fluidity. Her first ‘seascapes’ were painted at La Baule and display slow gradations of ocean blue colour tones. They are still imbued with the heavy iodic scent of the ‘Asse blue’, which is heightened by the great lady of the sea of l’Île aux Moines.
After going through the black and purple’s obscure terror, the rhythms are now more and more sudden and quick, with rays of light showing through behind the door at the same time that the colours are ignited in a cauldron of sun. Far from the broken, hasty and shapeless language of the puppet-men in Céline’s Guignol’s band, the paultrian multicoloured strips strive to preserve the guidelines of our humanity through magnificent sunrises. They radiate such an intense inner light that they make our eyes blink. The artist advised to ‘postpone joy until later’, well not anymore, may joy remain, here and now.
Translated from French by Valérie Didier Hess.