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Patriarcat, nd

Charcoal and crayon on paper

19 x 14 inches

Patriarcat, nd

Charcoal and crayon on paper

19 x 14 inches

Nicolas de Crécy : Ruthless Portrait

April 28 - June 18, 2022
Opening: April 28, 2022, 6:30 PM to 9 PM

Philippe Labaune Gallery is pleased to present "Ruthless Portrait" an exhibition of paintings and drawings by French artist Nicolas de Crécy.

Nicolas de Crécy offers, through his various portraits, a singular vision of human beauty removed from the standards of advertising aesthetics. In his paintings, through what is still today considered to be a model of perfection, the artist is able to echo Greek and Roman statuary by highlighting contrast, the banal, and the non-aesthetic. Indeed, these are the faces of the street that no one would notice, faces without apparent beauty, damaged by life, hollowed out by age, sometimes ridiculous, often strange, yet always amazing once one takes the time to discover them. Nicolas de Crécy's references are to be found in the German expressionism of the thirties, Otto Dix and Georges Grosz, and their sharp and raw vision of the human condition. Even if less perceptible, other influences are present, such as those of the great portrait painters Marlène Dumas and Alice Neel, through the powerful portrayal of the fragility that emanates from their models.

Transatlantique II, 2021

Oil on canvas

36.75 x 25.5 inches

Transatlantique II, 2021

Oil on canvas

36.75 x 25.5 inches

For this exhibition, Nicolas de Crécy worked on the pieces presented using various techniques: ranging from simple charcoal to evoke the strength of black and white, to the black ink of the pen for drawings in precise hatching and watercolor, whose fluid and luminous colors create a unique atmosphere. Lastly, the use of oil on canvas, which, by the discrepancy resulting from their classical style combined with the description of a certain disgrace, impose the original and uncompromising universe of the artist. In addition, three oils, one on paper, the second on wood, the last on canvas, represent a transatlantic liner. We can see the evocation, within the very heart of the exhibition, of the principle that constitutes it: an art designed and worked on in France, which crosses the Atlantic to be presented in the United States. A crossing from Le Havre to New York in a way, which reminds all those who know the books of Nicolas de Crécy of the imaginary city he staged there: the famous New-York-sur-Loire…

Nicolas de Crécy was born in 1966 in Lyon. After a first experience in animation at Walt Disney Studios, he published in 1991 Foligatto on a story by Alexios Tjoyas (Les Humanoïdes Associés), which is acclaimed by critics. Developing as a writer, his first work as a complete author, The Celestial Bibendum, was published in 1994. He won the Alph-Art for Best Album for the second volume of Léon la Came, a trilogy written with Sylvain Chomet (Casterman), in 1997. This was followed by some forty books exploring different avenues: children’s illustration, travel diary, illustration of personal texts.

Déesse Sylvestre, 2021

Oil on canvas

16.25 x 16.25 inches

Déesse Sylvestre, 2021

Oil on canvas

16.25 x 16.25 inches

Nicolas de Crécy is the first author to be published in the comic book/graphic novel collection initiated by the Louvre Museum with Période Glaciaire (2005) which won numerous prizes, and whose original strips were the subject of an exhibition at the Louvre Museum in 2009-2010. He is also one of the few authors to be published directly in Japan with La République du catch, published by Shueisha Publishing and also published in the monthly Ultrajump. In 2008, as a resident at the Villa Kujoyama, an artistic residence in Kyoto, he developed projects including Kyôto Notebooks or Aesthetics of Everyday Life in Japan, as well as collaborations with Japanese artists (in 2014, he published an Artbook with Tayio Matsumoto). In 2017, in association with Louis Vuitton, he released the fashion house annual Travel Book showcasing the beauty of Mexico as a baroque land full of colors and poetry. Nicolas de Crécy wrote and illustrated the novel Les amours d'un fantôme en temps de guerre, which received the « Prix Vendredi 2018 ». His novel, Vieux Criminels, was published by Gallimard in 2021.

His work, shared between comics, literature, and visual arts, has been the subject of numerous exhibitions as well as translations in Europe, the United States and Japan. Nicolas de Crécy lives and works in Paris, France.

 

 

About Philippe Labaune Gallery

Founded in 2021, Philippe Labaune Gallery is devoted to championing and presenting original 20th and 21st century comic art and illustrations by emerging and established artist from around the world. For sales inquiries, please contact Philippe Labaune at: phil@philippelabaune.com. For press inquiries, please send an email to info@philippelabaune.com

Selected Works

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Les 3 Grâces, 2021, Oil on canvas

Les 3 Grâces, 2021

Oil on canvas

20 x 28 inches

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Le Pendule de Foucault, (Foucault's Pendulum), 2021, Oil on canvas

Le Pendule de Foucault, (Foucault's Pendulum), 2021

Oil on canvas

32.5 x 46.25 inches

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Jardin Baroque, 2021, Oil and acrylic on lithograph

Jardin Baroque, 2021

Oil and acrylic on lithograph

26.5 x 32.5 inches

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Déesse Sylvestre, 2021, Oil on canvas

Déesse Sylvestre, 2021

Oil on canvas

16.25 x 16.25 inches

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Regard de Bronze, (A Bronze Gaze), 2021, Oil on canvas

Regard de Bronze, (A Bronze Gaze), 2021

Oil on canvas

20.25 x 28 inches

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Vanité, 2021, Oil on canvas

Vanité, 2021

Oil on canvas

16.25 x 16.25 inches

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Soir Bleu, Hommage à Hopper, 2021, Oil on canvas

Soir Bleu, Hommage à Hopper, 2021

Oil on canvas

20.25 x 26.25 inches

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Reine de la Ville, (Queen of Town), 2021, Charcoal, crayon and acrylic on canvas

Reine de la Ville, (Queen of Town), 2021

Charcoal, crayon and acrylic on canvas

35.25 x 40.5 inches

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Visite au Musée I, (Museum Visit I), 2021, Oil on canvas

Visite au Musée I, (Museum Visit I), 2021

Oil on canvas

20.25 x 28 inches

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Autoportrait avec Ride de Sommeil,, (Self-Portrait with Sleep Wrinkle), 2021

Autoportrait avec Ride de Sommeil,

(Self-Portrait with Sleep Wrinkle), 2021

Oil on board

18.5 x 15.5 inches

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Visite au Musée II, (Museum Visit II), 2021, Oil on canvas

Visite au Musée II, (Museum Visit II), 2021

Oil on canvas

16.25 x 14.5 inches

$5,000 - Sold

Une Femme Puissante, (A Strong Woman), 2015-2022, China ink, crayon and watercolors on paper

Une Femme Puissante, (A Strong Woman), 2015-2022

China ink, crayon and watercolors on paper

26 x 21.5 inches

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Transatlantique II, 2021, Oil on canvas

Transatlantique II, 2021

Oil on canvas

36.75 x 25.5 inches

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Transatlantique I, 2021, Oil on paper

Transatlantique I, 2021

Oil on paper

27.5 x 21.5 inches

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Transatlantique III, 2021, Oil on wood

Transatlantique III, 2021

Oil on wood

20.25 x 15.75 inches

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Par delà Nature et Culture, (Above Nature and Culture), 2012-2021, Oil on serigraph

Par delà Nature et Culture, (Above Nature and Culture), 2012-2021

Oil on serigraph

24.5 x 30.5 inches

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Le Tableau, (The Painting), 2021, Oil on board

Le Tableau, (The Painting), 2021

Oil on board

21.75 x 26.25 inches

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Apparition Autocratique, 2015, Oil on wood

Apparition Autocratique, 2015

Oil on wood

12.25 x 18.25 inches   

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Scepticisme Romain, 2021, Oil on canvas

Scepticisme Romain, 2021

Oil on canvas

18.25 x 16.5 inches

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Kyoto, 2010, Crayon & watercolor on paper

Kyoto, 2010

Crayon & watercolor on paper

25.25 x 19 inches

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Young Picasso, 2021, Oil on paper

Young Picasso, 2021

Oil on paper

19.75 x 15.75 inches

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14 Juillet, 2015, Charcoal and crayon on paper

14 Juillet, 2015

Charcoal and crayon on paper

34 x 26.25 inches

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Café de Paris, 2001, Charcoal and crayon on paper

Café de Paris, 2001

Charcoal and crayon on paper

15.5 x 20.75 inches

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Le Bellâtre, 2019, China ink on paper

Le Bellâtre, 2019

China ink on paper

18.75 x 14 inches

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Della Francesca, 2009, Watercolors on paper

Della Francesca, 2009

Watercolors on paper

14.5 x 12.5 inches

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Déesse Grecque, 2017-2021, Watercolors on engraving (eau-forte)

Déesse Grecque, 2017-2021

Watercolors on engraving (eau-forte)

20.5 x 16.5 inches

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Japanese Mystery, 2018, China ink, crayon and watercolor on paper

Japanese Mystery, 2018

China ink, crayon and watercolor on paper

14.25 x 10.75 inches

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Malibu, 2010, Charcoal and crayon on paper

Malibu, 2010

Charcoal and crayon on paper

19 x 14 inches

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Musique du Coeur, 2002, Ink and watercolors on paper,

Musique du Coeur, 2002

Ink and watercolors on paper,

16 x 13 inches

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Nouvel Horizon, 2011, China ink and lavis on paper

Nouvel Horizon, 2011

China ink and lavis on paper

16 x 13.5 inches

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Patriarcat, nd, Charcoal and crayon on paper

Patriarcat, nd

Charcoal and crayon on paper

19 x 14 inches

$1,800 - Sold

Il Cavaliere, 2012, Watercolors on engraving (eau-forte)

Il Cavaliere, 2012

Watercolors on engraving (eau-forte)

13.25 x 14.75 inches

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Promenade Royale, 2010, China ink on paper

Promenade Royale, 2010

China ink on paper

15 x 12 inches

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Apparition 2, 2016, Watercolors on paper

Apparition 2, 2016

Watercolors on paper

14.75 x 17.75 inches

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Apparition 1, 2016, Watercolors on paper

Apparition 1, 2016

Watercolors on paper

14.75 x 17.75 inches

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Apparition 3, 2016, Watercolors on paper

Apparition 3, 2016

Watercolors on paper

14.75 x 17.75 inches

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Apparition 4, 2016, Watercolors on paper

Apparition 4, 2016

Watercolors on paper

14.75 x 17.75 inches

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Les 3 Grâces, 2021, Oil on canvas

Les 3 Grâces, 2021

Oil on canvas

20 x 28 inches

Le Pendule de Foucault, (Foucault's Pendulum), 2021, Oil on canvas

Le Pendule de Foucault, (Foucault's Pendulum), 2021

Oil on canvas

32.5 x 46.25 inches

Jardin Baroque, 2021, Oil and acrylic on lithograph

Jardin Baroque, 2021

Oil and acrylic on lithograph

26.5 x 32.5 inches

Déesse Sylvestre, 2021, Oil on canvas

Déesse Sylvestre, 2021

Oil on canvas

16.25 x 16.25 inches

Regard de Bronze, (A Bronze Gaze), 2021, Oil on canvas

Regard de Bronze, (A Bronze Gaze), 2021

Oil on canvas

20.25 x 28 inches

Vanité, 2021, Oil on canvas

Vanité, 2021

Oil on canvas

16.25 x 16.25 inches

Soir Bleu, Hommage à Hopper, 2021, Oil on canvas

Soir Bleu, Hommage à Hopper, 2021

Oil on canvas

20.25 x 26.25 inches

Reine de la Ville, (Queen of Town), 2021, Charcoal, crayon and acrylic on canvas

Reine de la Ville, (Queen of Town), 2021

Charcoal, crayon and acrylic on canvas

35.25 x 40.5 inches

Visite au Musée I, (Museum Visit I), 2021, Oil on canvas

Visite au Musée I, (Museum Visit I), 2021

Oil on canvas

20.25 x 28 inches

Autoportrait avec Ride de Sommeil,, (Self-Portrait with Sleep Wrinkle), 2021

Autoportrait avec Ride de Sommeil,

(Self-Portrait with Sleep Wrinkle), 2021

Oil on board

18.5 x 15.5 inches

Visite au Musée II, (Museum Visit II), 2021, Oil on canvas

Visite au Musée II, (Museum Visit II), 2021

Oil on canvas

16.25 x 14.5 inches

$5,000 - Sold

Une Femme Puissante, (A Strong Woman), 2015-2022, China ink, crayon and watercolors on paper

Une Femme Puissante, (A Strong Woman), 2015-2022

China ink, crayon and watercolors on paper

26 x 21.5 inches

Transatlantique II, 2021, Oil on canvas

Transatlantique II, 2021

Oil on canvas

36.75 x 25.5 inches

Transatlantique I, 2021, Oil on paper

Transatlantique I, 2021

Oil on paper

27.5 x 21.5 inches

Transatlantique III, 2021, Oil on wood

Transatlantique III, 2021

Oil on wood

20.25 x 15.75 inches

Par delà Nature et Culture, (Above Nature and Culture), 2012-2021, Oil on serigraph

Par delà Nature et Culture, (Above Nature and Culture), 2012-2021

Oil on serigraph

24.5 x 30.5 inches

Le Tableau, (The Painting), 2021, Oil on board

Le Tableau, (The Painting), 2021

Oil on board

21.75 x 26.25 inches

Apparition Autocratique, 2015, Oil on wood

Apparition Autocratique, 2015

Oil on wood

12.25 x 18.25 inches   

Scepticisme Romain, 2021, Oil on canvas

Scepticisme Romain, 2021

Oil on canvas

18.25 x 16.5 inches

Kyoto, 2010, Crayon & watercolor on paper

Kyoto, 2010

Crayon & watercolor on paper

25.25 x 19 inches

Young Picasso, 2021, Oil on paper

Young Picasso, 2021

Oil on paper

19.75 x 15.75 inches

14 Juillet, 2015, Charcoal and crayon on paper

14 Juillet, 2015

Charcoal and crayon on paper

34 x 26.25 inches

Café de Paris, 2001, Charcoal and crayon on paper

Café de Paris, 2001

Charcoal and crayon on paper

15.5 x 20.75 inches

Le Bellâtre, 2019, China ink on paper

Le Bellâtre, 2019

China ink on paper

18.75 x 14 inches

Della Francesca, 2009, Watercolors on paper

Della Francesca, 2009

Watercolors on paper

14.5 x 12.5 inches

Déesse Grecque, 2017-2021, Watercolors on engraving (eau-forte)

Déesse Grecque, 2017-2021

Watercolors on engraving (eau-forte)

20.5 x 16.5 inches

Japanese Mystery, 2018, China ink, crayon and watercolor on paper

Japanese Mystery, 2018

China ink, crayon and watercolor on paper

14.25 x 10.75 inches

Malibu, 2010, Charcoal and crayon on paper

Malibu, 2010

Charcoal and crayon on paper

19 x 14 inches

Musique du Coeur, 2002, Ink and watercolors on paper,

Musique du Coeur, 2002

Ink and watercolors on paper,

16 x 13 inches

Nouvel Horizon, 2011, China ink and lavis on paper

Nouvel Horizon, 2011

China ink and lavis on paper

16 x 13.5 inches

Patriarcat, nd, Charcoal and crayon on paper

Patriarcat, nd

Charcoal and crayon on paper

19 x 14 inches

$1,800 - Sold

Il Cavaliere, 2012, Watercolors on engraving (eau-forte)

Il Cavaliere, 2012

Watercolors on engraving (eau-forte)

13.25 x 14.75 inches

Promenade Royale, 2010, China ink on paper

Promenade Royale, 2010

China ink on paper

15 x 12 inches

Apparition 2, 2016, Watercolors on paper

Apparition 2, 2016

Watercolors on paper

14.75 x 17.75 inches

Apparition 1, 2016, Watercolors on paper

Apparition 1, 2016

Watercolors on paper

14.75 x 17.75 inches

Apparition 3, 2016, Watercolors on paper

Apparition 3, 2016

Watercolors on paper

14.75 x 17.75 inches

Apparition 4, 2016, Watercolors on paper

Apparition 4, 2016

Watercolors on paper

14.75 x 17.75 inches