Name Amon First

Patrick Saytour - Hors les Murs

Serre Cyprès Florence, 1987

Cypress tree, greenhouse
200 x 370 x 1200 cm
Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, Luxembourg, Saint-Étienne, New York

Patrick Saytour was born in 1935 in Nice. He lives and works in Aubais in France.

The artist took his inspiration from Hubert Robert’s Imaginary View of the Louvre in Ruins, painted in 1796, adapting it by following the processes favoured by the Supports/Surfaces group. The “poetic” presence of the cypress trees bursting forth from a partly-collapsed greenhouse develops into a satirical and theatrical reference to the art of bygone ages while avoiding any allusion to the connotations of the classical ruin. In today’s world of turmoil and disillusion, this disconcerting installation could be seen as a premonition of approaching disaster.

© Patrick Saytour courtesy Ceysson & Bénétière
Photo: Marc Domage

We use cookies to enable this website to function, to make it more user friendly and to offer you products and services tailored to your interests. Please note that by using this site you are agreeing to the use of cookies.For further information about cookies and how to manage them, click here.