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Nicolas Party: L'heure mauve

Nicolas Party: L'heure mauve

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Nicolas Party: L'heure mauve
(Nicolas Party: Mauve Twilight)

W036233 | $42.00 / 10% library disc.
Exhibition Catalog

Ed. by Nicolas Party and Stephane Aquin. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 2022.

208 pp. 200 col. ills. 29 x 24 cm. Bilingual in English and French. Paperbound.

ISBN 9788874399963

The MMFA’s Publishing Department, in collaboration with 5 Continents Editions, Milan, present Nicolas Party: L’heure mauve, an essential reference book on the work of the Swiss artist. Behind a renewal of the Symbolist figurative tradition, Party is known the world over for his extensive use of pastel, deeply personal take on painting’s classic genres of landscape, still life and portraiture, and immersive installations evincing a wide ranging connoisseurship in art. In L’heure mauve, Party presents an array of poetic meditations on art history’s representation of nature. He sheds light herein on the various dimensions of the relationship humans have had with nature over the centuries: locus of original sin, territory to be conquered, wasteland, untouched space, field of desire, expanse of chaos and theatre of transformation. Central to this exhibition are some of our era’s most pressing questions, those of a planet that has reached its twilight, its “heure mauve.” Abundantly illustrated, this book documents the making of Party’s exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and retraces the themes covered in it. The catalogue contains an introduction by Stéphane Aquin, Director of the MMFA, as well as an essay by art historian Bénédicte Ramade, who asks the question: “How can we look at ancient, Baroque, classical or even modern art without being overcome by the weight of today’s environmental crisis?” Each chapter is prefaced by an original lyric by Quebec singer-songwriter-composer Pierre Lapointe as well as lyrics of songs from the musical repertoire that the musician reinterpreted for the soundtrack for the exhibition.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- Switzerland -- Post-1945 ; Post-1970 ; Post-1990 ; Post-2000 -- Several Fine Arts Media (Western) --

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