Susanne Hay: A la piscine

Susanne Hay: A la piscine

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Susanne Hay: A la piscine
(Susanne Hay: At the Swimming Pool)

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Exhibition Catalog

La Piscine, Musee d'Art et d'Industrie, Roubaix, 2021. Published by Editions Gourcuff Gradenigo, Paris.

96 pp. Well illustrated (chiefly col.). 24 x 18 cm. In French. Paperbound.

ISBN 9782353403486

The oil on canvas paintings by Susanne Hay (1962-2004), a German artist who took up residence in Paris, show her interest for the human body, her sensitivity, her suffering, her intimacy and the mystery of moving from one status to another, between the tragic and the burlesque, between vision and reality, between life and death, while maintaining constant dialogue with the history of art. She worked exclusively with models, usually outside the workshop in public places. To mark 20 years since the inauguration of the La Piscine museum, the exhibition is composed mainly of aquatic subjects chosen from among the artist’s vast œuvre. A significant series of canvases produced during long sittings is devoted to nudes taking a shower in the intimacy of a bathroom. These are not simply indiscreet incitements that turn the spectator into a voyeur accomplice, but staged enactments, despite appearances to the contrary. A sensual and regenerative relationship is established with the water, with the compositions evoking rites of initiation, purification, transition and regeneration of life. The series of paintings produced in situ in a public pool in Paris in 1996 are characterized by bright colors. The solitude and distress of the persons portrayed in a vast space are accentuated. These are introverts, lost in a place of sport and leisure, strange and mysterious beings, so near and yet so far from our daily lives.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- France ; Germany -- Post-1990 -- Painting -- Women Artists --

Artist(s): Hay, Susanne

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