Sans titre (gaz et téléphone)


Oil on canvas

114 x 147 cm (44 7/8 x 57 7/8 in.)

A sitting figure with a grayish, if not unfinished face with green rings around the eyes seems to blend into a neutral backdrop. The figure holds a telephone that is linked to a jug of soda water. With this very simple composition depicting an absurd action, the self-taught plastic artist Raphaëlle Ricol actually gives a demonstration of the art of painting.

The pictorial resources are multiple, both in the chromatic nuances and in the application of color itself. The large, monochromatic swaths oppose each other and associate with the nervous, splashy brush strokes that disembody the bottle or struggle to fill the figure's black T-shirt, in a nod to the classical non-finito technique. Far from being simplistic in spite of its cartoonish aspect, Raphaëlle Ricol's intuitive painting, as shown in this canvas, is at once modest and varied, discreet and burlesque.

Held in the Pinault Collection, Sans Titre (Gaz et Téléphone) was presented in the group show À Triple tour. Collection Pinault (“triple locked”) at the Paris Conciergerie, in 2013.
Raphaëlle Ricol's other artwork