Appreciated at the beginning as a painter and draughtsman, Patrick Faigenbaum (born in 1954) took up photography in 1973. Very quickly, it is distinguished by its fascinating representations of bodies. Whether they are alive (very fixed portraits of his family, his friends, his entourage and the old Italian artistocracy) or of stone (bustings of Roman emperors...), they question us so much they seem to go beyond our daily life and escape from a dreamlike universe.
During a second stay in Florence in 1986, Patrick Faingenbaum fell under the spell of the stone flesh of Michel Ange's four unfinished Slaves. Two decades later, in 2003-2004, he looked again at the contorted manner of the Italian Master and more particularly at the two Slaves of the Louvre: The Rebellious Slave and The Dying Slave (sculpted from 1513 for the Tomb of Julius II).
For a year, the artist went to the empty rooms of the Louvre (Tuesday) to maintain an intimate face-to-face relationship with the sculptures. Gradually, he apprehends their plastic volumes, the tension of their muscles, the subtlety of their attitudes... and manages - through fragmentation and subtle luminous contrasts - to reveal their elusive and unattainable mysteries.
Height: 76 cm
Width: 56 cm
Artist and engraver: Patrick Faigenbaum, 1954
Engraving date: 2005
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