PATRICK RAYNAUD

BOUGUEREAU'S TRAVEL - VENUS

Size: 320x220cm (fully expanded)

mobile art installation
- art flightcase with wheels, 1990's

PATRICK RAYNAUD
PATRICK RAYNAUD

PATRICK RAYNAUD

BOUGUEREAU'S TRAVEL - VENUS

Size: 320x220cm (fully expanded)

mobile art installation
- art flightcase with wheels, 1990's

€65.000,00

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ABOUT THE WORK 

The artwork was exhibited at

- Brigitte March Galerie Stuttgart
- Art Frankfurt
- Art Cologne


IMAGE MOTIF

The Birth of Venus (La Naissance de Vénus) is an oil painting by William Adolphe Bouguereau from 1879. The 3 x 2.15 meter large picture shows the birth of the goddess Venus, which according to a variant of Greek mythology of moss was born off the Island of Cyprus.
Bouguereau's Birth of Venus was recorded at the Parisian Salon in 1879 and won the Prix de Rome. In the same year it was purchased by the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, where it was exhibited until 1920. It was then kept at the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Fine Arts) de Nantes before returning to Paris in 1979 and since then exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay.

Source: Image description from the Musée d'Orsay painting website

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Patrick Raynaud was born in Carcassone in 1946. From 1964 to 1966 he studied Modern Literature at the University of Toulouse; and from 1967 to 1970 he attended the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC), Paris. Afterwards he worked almost exclusively in film. He lives in Paris.

In the 1980s, alongside his continuing work in film, Raynaud started to create flat figures and houses made from wooden boards. At the same time he began to take a great interest in the container as an art object. In order to address three issues - the context in which a work of art is presented (in particular, contemporary sculpture), the art market, and art history - Raynaud displayed crates of the sort used for the transportation of art works. These contained large illuminated ciba-chrome photographs of celebrated works of Classical Modernism. A related approach to the same themes is reflected in other groups of works from the early 1980s, in which Raynaud drew a parallel between the display of the relics of saints in reliquary caskets and the positive revaluation of works of art through the style of their presentation. Illuminated cibachrome photographs of the life-size bodies of naked, sleeping male figures cocooned in velvet or in various packing materials, were placed in transportation crates made of wood and metal. Similar motifs are to be found in some of Raynaud's transparent, illuminated colourful neon crates. Raynaud has also treated the theme of the transience of the human body in a series of works in which he placed large-scale photographs of parts of the skin surface in a series of small, illuminated plastic tanks linked together by coloured neon tubes.