The work of Guillaume Bresson uses the very old technique of grisaille, the classical repertoire of the expression of passions and is also inspired by the compositions of Poussin to design contemporary history paintings dealing with urban violence. Every attitude, every move and expression is planned down to the smallest detail. The artist has actors posing with clothing and accessories chosen by him; the photographs are then assembled to set the composition of the picture first as painted studies and then the final painting. This process gives a theatrical mood to his paintings, with a Jeff Wallish idea of exaggerated poses, a distance is created from reality and forces you to reconsider the situation, not as news but as history in the making. When TV and mass media show only meaningless violence, painting might help us to see – and therefore to understand less poorly – what the rioters could consider as epic actions that looked foolish and scandalous as seen from afar. (viaBourouina Gallery)
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