Name Amon First

Bertrand Lavier - Petit Palais

Gaveau, 2008

Painted piano
150 x 180 x 90 cm
Presented by Almine Rech, Paris
Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

Bertrand Lavier was born in 1949 in Châtillon-sur-Seine, France. He lives and works between Paris and Aignay-le-Duc, France.

In 1980, he started to produce his first “painted objects”. For this series, which emerged in the global context of a return to figurative painting, the artist coated objects in thick acrylic paint of their original colour. The “support” is not a canvas but the very object that Lavier represents. The first occurrence of a painted piano came in the early days of this project of considerable scope. The artist would later treat the subject in a number of versions, using both upright and grand pianos. In these artworks - indissociable from their “support” and self-referent, often bearing the brand as a title - the artist radicalized the premises of the 19th century movement of open air painting (“sur le motif” in French) which no longer sought illusionism. The paint transforms the object, which also becomes sculpture. In this way, Bertrand Lavier plays on a transferal of meaning, evoking the potential resonance between painting and objects.

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