This series is entitled Paris-Circus, where circus has not the meaning of a show but instead of a frenetic activity. In a surrounding of exuberant colors, people are dull, without personality, each one in his box like within a game of the goose and they do not communicate. The drawing is resolutely naive.
Paris Polka evokes dancing rooms and pleasures. This oil on canvas 190 x 220 cm was sold for $ 25M including premium by Christie's on May 11, 2015.
Humor comes back even bitter in Les Grandes Artères, oil on canvas 114 x 146 cm for sale by Christie's in New York on November 15, lot 17 A estimated $ 15M. Please watch the video shared by the auction house.
The composition is made in three parallel registers successively showing the roadway, the sidewalk and the dense urban pattern of shops and buildings.
In the foreground, each driver is alone in his car, stuck in traffic jam and stuck in his attitude. The childish figure is reinforced by identifying the brand of the vehicle and its license plate.
The titles of the shops are countless puns. Their often incongruous identification remind that the big city is a threat to the individual : A l'issue fatale (fatal outcome), Faillite (bankruptcy), Fruits et légumes du désespoir (Fruits and vegetables of despair). Poetry is not absent : Fin de saison (end of season) is in line with Salaisons (salted meat). The artist adds his recommendations : Buvez froid (drink cold), Urinez souvent (urinate frequently).
SOLD for $ 24M including premium