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Carré d'artistes presents a selection of the greatest contemporary painters through a unique pictorial experience. Browse through the different sections to discover all the richness that contemporary painting has to offer.

Painting, a universal vector of emotion

Pictorial art is the transcription of an emotion through the painter's brushstroke. Historically speaking, artists have managed to transform ephemeral thought into a work that lasts through centuries.

Means of expression for artists

The pictorial era cannot be summed up to Pablo Picasso and Leonardo da Vinci. This practice accompanied the cradle of mankind during the prehistoric era, a period during which the early men expressed themselves through a mixture which resembled the one of watercolors.
Techniques which allow the artist to develop his thoughts on a blank canvas have adapted and evolved depending on the painting trends and have governed the centuries. Therefore, Jan Van Eyck is the forerunner of the pictorial style, which is specific to Renaissance, due to the improvement of oil painting, which offers a unique satin finish and the possibility of creating glazes. Da Vinci was then inspired by this technique to invent the " Stumafo ".
Each technique has properties that leads painters to achieve specific effects. Watercolors allows creating blurry landscapes with aqueous softness, while oil is used to obtain a satin and raw appearance. Contemporary paintings are generally associated with acrylic, which offers a short drying time and a good work preservation in the long run, but they use all the possible pictorial techniques.

The pictorial style, representation of thought on the canvas

The pictorial techniques make up a breeding ground which allows the contemporary artist to combine all kinds of styles. Depending on whether the artist wishes to focus on texture, color or transparency, he leans towards a technique, and move towards abstract or figurative art.
Realism was for example characterized by this desire to transcribe a personal vision of a frozen event. The artists then used oil paint and watercolor to respond to issues related to color and transparency.
Contemporary art broke the codes of academic painting, so that the paintings are characterized by the intellectualization of artistic thought, at the cost of realism. Through this manner, all techniques are highlighted to portray all styles.

The emergence of modern and contemporary art

The leading figures of post-impressionist movements

The democratization of Impressionism struck a break with traditional pictorial practices. Contemporary painting was mainly initiated by Manet who broke the codes to work on a rather personal dimension of the work. While sticking to realism, the painter played with colors and textures to give painting an intellectual aspect.
Most of all, one owes Braque and Picasso when it comes to the expansion of minimalist painting . Cubism marked the representation of Nature through geometric shapes. This current of thought continues to inspire some modern artists, who seek to portray their view of the world by distorting reality.
The pictorial practice as we know it today, developed after the Second World War and takes on an individualistic character. Abstract went through a considerable expansion and contemporary paintings are no longer frozen within a framed pictorial movement. This is when one witnessed the emergence of street-art and pop-art in the United States, practices that quickly spread worldwide. Great contemporary artists like Andy Warhol help to withdraw consistency from traditional practice . From then on, it was more a question of showing oneself to the world while conveying a message, rather than being noticed for one’s capacity to faithfully replicate Nature.

The practices of contemporary artists

Contemporary art is not codified. Traditional pictorial practices make way for an abstract conceptualization of ideas, which are expressed through known techniques.
It is no longer the notion of complexity that makes it possible to determine the stature of a work. Ad Reinhardt proves this to us through his collection of monochrome paintings created through an assembly of geometric shapes.
In order to achieve unique effects, artists no longer hesitate to add natural elements such as sand or terra. All the materials help contribute to the intellectualization of the works. The frescoes depicting heroic epics are replaced by iconic pop figures. Major stars are caricatured, in the same way as the fanciful characters, who marked the youth of the artists.

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