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Correspondences Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art

Valérie Belin / Edouard Manet

Valérie BelinNo Title© ADAGP, Paris © DR
Valérie Belin's work – strictly photographic – is like Manet's "pieces of pure painting" where he renders, intensely and concisely, the essence of "modest" motifs like a basket of strawberries, a lemon, or an asparagus.

This similarity can be seen in the photographer's technique of closing right in on her subject and using a close up frontal view, tight framing, an absence of décor and context, direct light and a print with strong contrast, to produce a distinct and accentuated image that is both spectacular and stark. This minimalism is accompanied in the work shown here by a composition centred on one unifying element – whether a basket or a vase –giving the whole image the density and appearance of a single large object.


Laurence Madeline, curator, Musée d'Orsay


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8 October 2008 - 1 February 2009
Musée d'Orsay

Room 10

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