Oil, acrylic, paper collage, plastic, wood, straw hat, plastic bird, enlarged photograph and mixed media on canvas with neon letters

215 x 130 x 19.5 cm

Martial Raysse's Snack painting shows his interest in various techniques, from painting to photography, neon and assembling objects such as straw hats or plastic birds. With bright colours, he depicts three women in swimwear, cover girls whose stereotypes celebrated by the advertising world he questions.

This work by Raysse, an artist from Nice who signed the New Realism Manifesto in 1960, shows the influence of Pop Art and Combine Paintings by Rauschenberg, whom the artist met in 1961 in Paris. His work is recognized across the Atlantic and in the 1960s he lived in the United States. The resolutely contemporary artist draws his inspiration from the world around him, that of the consumer society he depicts with irony, before the disillusionment of the post-1968 period.

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