Le Manteau


Tempera on canvas

236 x 165 x 5 cm (92 15/16 x 64 15/16 in.)

In dark, cold tones, the artist depicts, with tempera on canvas, a coat hanging on a wooden door next to a stick and a bowl on the ground. There is no human figure. The viewer wonders about this mysterious absence and what seem to be symbolic attributes.

Le Manteau (The Coat) moves away from Martial Raysse's more Pop Art-like work of the 1960s, with its bright colours and neon lights. This enigmatic painting is in perfect continuity with his more poetic and sentimental works of the late 1970s that explore myths and allegories. Those more recent reflections shed light on the previous ones and are part of the artist's approach to offering us another look at the world, a "hygiene of vision", in his own words.

Le Manteau was first shown by the Pinault Collection during the "Qui a peur des artistes ?" (“Who’s Afraid of Artists?”) exhibition at the Palais des Arts in Dinard in 2009.