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Kim Foster Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe and Other Dreams
529 W. 20th St.
New York, NY 10011

February 9th, 2008 - March 15th, 2008
Le Dejeuner sur l\'herbe #9 , Jacques RochJacques Roch, Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe #9 ,
207, acrylic on canvas, 58 x 64 in
© Courtesy of the artist and Kim Foster Gallery
Tue-Sat 11am -6pm

We are pleased to announce a new series of paintings by Jacques Roch. In this series, Jacques subverts the famous painting by Manet, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe in an ironic way. The background scenery undermines Manet’s iconic nude woman. Jacques’ choice of vibrant colors creates a tension that can be either joyful or satirical. It is no longer a luncheon in the grass. It is an escape to a different geography and other dreams.

Unique characters are how Roch first made a name for himself. Roch began his career as a cartoonist for underground newspapers in Paris. Today, these characters pop up on color-saturated canvases. Dreamlike worlds star everything from a creature in a trashcan contemplating life in the city to a Rubenesque figure that takes on fantastical erotic proportions. This motley crew of cartoon characters is juxtaposed with random brushy patches of acid hued acrylic paint to create ocular pleasures.

“Color is the gate to joy. In the last 10 years, I’ve been dealing with light against the darkness around,” says Roch.

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