Sur 3 roses


Oil, tempera, serigraphy, collage, two puffs and one plastic rose on panel

32 x 21 cm

Sur 3 Roses (On 3 Roses), a work in relief, invites the eye on a lyrical stroll between conventional oil and tempera techniques and experimental pictorial processes, including serigraphy, collage and assemblages of objects. Already covered in a homogeneous green, the woman photographed sees her face swallowed up under two powder puffs and a plastic rose. The engulfment ends with the presence of a towel hiding her hair.

However, an eye is extracted and asserts itself in the composition, a blue quadrilateral on a round pink puff. This sharp eye becomes the vital breath of a woman that the simulacrum, a combination of colours, accessories and make-up, tends to erase. Embodying the iconic femininity of the 1960s and its flaws, Sur 3 Roses is one of Martial Raysse's most virulent criticisms of the false pretences of consumer society.

Raysse's painting Sur 3 Roses is in the Pinault Collection. It was first exhibited at the "Sequence 1" show in 2007 at the Palazzo Grassi.