Le Chien noir n’en fait qu’à sa tête


Mat paint on canvas mounted on panel

68.2 x 83.2 x 2.4 cm

In a peri-urban setting resembling a wasteland, a man tries to interact with a small black dog, which seems to ignore him. The dog decisively moves in the opposite direction towards a distant landscape that we cannot see. Its attitude makes the man angry. He shows his frustration in a universal movement, with open hands and palms turned up towards the sky.

Far from the idyllic depictions of the French Riviera, Le Chien noir n’en fait qu’à sa tête (The Black Dog Does Whatever He Pleases) stages a mundane detail of life. The artist’s penchant for the anecdotal, which he has developed since the 1990s, goes hand-in-hand with a sense of humour reflected in titles and subjects.

Raysse’s painting Le Chien noir n'en fait qu'à sa tête was shown for the first time by the Pinault Collection at the major retrospective exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in 2015.