Prison (Venus)


Oil on canvas

259.1 x 350.5 cm

Produced in the early 2000s, the Easyfun-Ethereal series consists of oil paintings with the collage and accumulation of superimposed computer-manipulated images from various sources, such as fashion magazines and advertisements. The final composition is scrupulously reproduced by hand with oil paint to achieve the realism of a photographic or an inkjet print.

The viewer is confronted with snippets of female bodies, fragmented views, mixed with elements drawn from the fields of landscape and pastry. The archetypal Venus and her abundance of "appetizing" forms emerge from this collage that draws as much from pop culture sources as from a more learned iconography of the history of painting. The hybrid, composite character of the image takes precedence over the body that is represented, as the foreground and background blend into one another, revealing themselves simultaneously.

This work is presented for the first time by the Pinault Collection in the exhibition "Jeff Koons Mucem" in 2021.