Musée d'Orsay: Correspondences Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art

Correspondences Musée d'Orsay / Contemporary Art

Christian Jaccard / George Hendrik Breitner

Christian JaccardMidnight, diptych (detail)© ADAGP, Paris © Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
Born in 1939, the artist Christian Jaccard, whose works involve the combustion process, takes his inspiration from symptoms, dreams and obsessions in the daily environment and from different bodies in nature.
Taking fire as his starting point, he brings out two notions which are found side by side in his work: ignigenous expansion and the development of the Supranodal Concept (an accumulation of knotty textures).
A tool of thought and a tool of work, ignition reveals the successive states coming off the alchemy of flames in a flash, releasing its powdery traces. These are captured as the medium for the pictorial device.

In this "Correspondence", Christian Jaccard draws a comparison with Moonlight, by G. H. Breitner, in which he perceives an affinity between this painting and the combustion phenomena in his own work.


Laurence Madeline, curator, Musée d'Orsay


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3 June - 14 September 2008
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