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A DADA painting questions us about our position in the face of evil.

Artist's interpretation

The inspiration for this canvas comes from a visit to the infamous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, and takes its title from the controversial collection of poems by Charles Baudelaire “Les Fleurs du mal”. Despite the modernity of our time, a set of unacceptable human behaviors persists. We are more or less distant witnesses of this, but does it really concern us?

The canvas shows a vase placed on a table with a white tablecloth. The table is set up on the Promenade des Anglais on the sea side. Several disparate elements replace the flowers normally found in a vase. We can recognize an assault rifle, a female leg wearing a red-scarlet shoe, a chain with handcuffs and a flower . This is a rose whose petals are made using banknotes, the stem of the flower is barbed wire.

An unoccupied chair is placed on the other side of the table, it seems that we are the only ones to see this scene. A knife is placed on the white tablecloth and a suitcase is placed on the floor near the table, what does it contain and what is the link between these two elements?

The image that is reflected on the surface of the vase illustrates the scene from the side opposite the sea. But why don't we see the reflection of our own image, that of the photographer? Maybe we're not so concerned in the end. This DADA style painting won a bronze medal in 2019 at the 50th international CAPSQ exhibition at Fondouce Abbey in Charente-Maritime (France).

Technical data

Title of the painting: The Flowers of Evil
Artist: Luc Fortier
Year of completion: 2019
Location: Montreal
Theme: Thematic
Style: DADA
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Technique: Brush
Original work size: 36 x 30 x 1.5 inches (91.4 x 76.2 x 3.81cm)
Support: Canvas mounted on gallery frame
Hanging system included: Iron wire at the back
Dominant color: Turquoise

The evil flowers

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