Philippe Pasqua - Contemporary Art Evening London Thursday, February 11, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Because of certain aspects of Pasqua’s style (think impasto, capricious coloration, his subjects’ mottled flesh and distressed features), as well as his habit of painting multiple pictures of the same people, certain comparisons suggest themselves. But Pasqua is less sadistic than Frank Auerbach, less cynical than Francis Bacon, and more reverential than Lucian Freud in imposing abstraction’s formal concerns onto the armature of the figure. His goals are not those of traditional portraiture; there is no narrative, no operation of projection or identification, no profound study of the anatomy. Pasqua engages with surfaces – skin, canvas, wall – and that’s where the action is. Even a coin-size passage in any one of these paintings contains a grain of Abstract Expressionism at its most effervescent alongside byzantine aggregations of color and rugged topography rendered with directness and finesse – a seduction in which Pasqua seems to be stage manager, actor, and one of the seduced.”
    (S. Dambrot, ‘Philippe Pasqua’, Modern Painters, New York, September 2006, p. 103)



Oil on canvas.
279.4 x 348 cm. (110 x 137 in).
Signed, titled, and dated ‘Pasqua Philippe ‘Marie’ 2006’ on the reverse.

£30,000 - 50,000 ‡♠

Sold for £85,250

Contemporary Art Evening

12 Feb 2010