Femme, rêve et miroir


Plastic, photograph, puff and mixed media on mirror

68.4 x 43.9 x 8.5 cm (with plexiglas) 67 x 42 x 7.5 cm (without plexiglas)

Centred on the representation of a woman, the mirror is at the heart of Femme, rêve et miroir (Woman, dream and mirror). Above all the very support of the work, it is also represented as the object of an intimate daily life and accomplice of a woman who wears make-up. Lastly, the mirror becomes metaphorical through the motionless but eerily lively eyes, their bright blue colour seeming to want to reveal the model’s inner soul.

In his reflections on the female figure, Raysse has focused on the female body and its accessories - notably cosmetics and mirrors - since 1959. Using and exaggerating contemporary aesthetic codes, he denounces the consumerism that pushes women to artificially adorn themselves.

A hypnotic work attesting to this rich artistic period, Femme, rêve et miroir by Martial Raysse is in the Pinault Collection. It was first exhibited during the "Sequence 1" show in 2007 at the Palazzo Grassi.