Louvre (after Sam)


Oil on canvas in five parts

38 x 52 cm (14 15/16 x 20 1/2 in.) (each)

This series of five self-portraits by Rudolf Stingel confirms his outstanding skills as a figurative painter. Similar to photographic portraits, these photorealistic oils on canvas are also astounding because of their alikeness. Inspired by a photograph taken by Sam Samore in 2005, Louvre (After Sam) depicts five almost identical versions of a Stingel seen from a three-quarter view, elegantly dressed and set against a rococo frame.

An introspective work that follows a narrative progression, Louvre (After Sam) is partly inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's films based on inner analysis and existential doubt. It expresses a deep stylistic transformation in Stingel, who here develops ambiguous figuration.

Marking a key turning point in Stingel's work, Louvre (After Sam) is in the Pinault Collection. It was first exhibited during the "Sequence 1" show at the Palazzo Grassi in 2007.