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Illustration paintings

Carré d'artistes offers you the opportunity to discover thepictorial illustration with works from the best contemporary artists. Discover this pictorial style which by itself allows to capture all the pictorial trends which have shaped the art of painting.

Where does the illustration come from?

The primary vocation of drawing is information. Watercolour artists decorated works with religious frescoes and esoteric drawings to visually explain a textual concept.
The rise and democratization of illustrative painting goes hand in hand with the development of printing in the 15th century. The use of images in printed books is widely acclaimed to such an extent that great artists have illustrated recognized works, like Chauveau with the Fables de la Fontaine. Today, they are found on all media: magazines, children's stories, cartoons, etc. This style inspires contemporary painters and allows them to convey a message or an emotion. The difference between classicdrawing and the works presented is that the latter is not intended to explain a text or a concept, but to translate the thought of the artist on the canvas.
A contemporary illustrated painting can represent all the pictorial trends which have shaped the practice of painting. From abstract to surrealism via cubism, the painter extrapolates his artistic culture to shape his idea. Carré d'artistes suggests that you discover Raphaëlle Lenoz who offers a caricatured vision of the animal kingdom by mixing realism and abstract symbols.

How is the art of illustration practised?

Theart of illustration is a free practice which is however codified by the artistic framework.
Artists use all painting techniques to achieve their works. Thus, Catherine Rebeyre presents illustrated paintings which combine painting as well as collage and sewing. Conversely, Elisabeth Davy - Bouttier prefers oil painting to try to win the smile of the viewer.
The illustrated paintings are generally colourful and denote a whimsical, sometimes childish inspiration. The themes are often allegorized around the animal kingdom and recklessness to accentuate a dramatic effect. Some artists like Moogly are clearly moving towards surrealism by faithfully representing an animal in an abstract way. Others prefer to focus on the portrait and symbolism, like the artist Théo who offers his interpretation of contemporary notions by the representation of women on a vintage background.
The mixed technique is also represented and allows to obtain a unique artistic rendering. Some painters, for example, will make illustrated paintings centred on a seemingly childish universe. From this perspective, the humorous and sincere universe of Raphaëlle Lenoz is accentuated by the addition of flat glass beads to texturize the eyes of the animals.

Discover with Carré d'artistes the richness of pictorial drawing through the vision of our contemporary artists. Let yourself be seduced by colourful, humorous and lively representations. The works of illustration are timeless and can be admired by all ages!


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