Suite 59 Gallery

Dieuzaide, Engelen, Quinn, Villers

In this groupshow we like to present a serie of portraits related to the human influence as being constructive or destructive element on this planet. The first contact humans make is by eyecontact. What do we see and what will be the consequence. Does the art of portraiture has a positive influence of how we deal with eachother? It will always be in the eyes of the beholder. Is a portrait honest or is it like Avedon said just a subjective interpretation by the maker. These images we present during the MIA Fair will open this discussion again. Artists presented are: Jean Dieuzaide, Mart Engelen, Edward Quinn and Andre Villers.Jean Dieuzaide (1921-2003), French photographer. Jean Dieuzaide was born in Grenade, Haut Garonne, France on 20th June 1921. He is one of the few photographers to document the liberation of Toulouse in 1944 . He photographed many famous artists, one of his famous portraits is the one of Salvador Dali. The idea of this series “Dali in the Water” completely ignored the master’s aversion to this liquid element; also it is without doubt what makes this series so exceptional. But he was also a faithful recorder of his native southwestern France, where his first book on Gascony was published in 1946, as well as its adjoining regions, especially Catalonia, Spain and Portugal.  Considered a humanist photographer, he is also the author of an important artistic research around the still life. But above all, it is “l’homme” in his great diversity that was for Jean Dieuzaide the main...
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Edward Quinn (1920-1997) was born in Ireland. He lived and worked as a photographer from the 1950’s, on the Cote d’Azur, during the “golden fifties” the playground of the celebrities from the world of showbiz, art and business. The rich and famous came to the French Riviera to relax. But the movie stars knew how much their off-screen image counted; Quinn was at the right place at the right time, making spontaneous images which caught their charm, sophistication and chic. Amongst celebrities captured on film by Quinn were Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Aristotle Onassis. In 1951 Edward Quinn met and photographed Pablo Picasso for the first time. Their friendship lasted until Picasso’s death in 1973. This encounter with Picasso was to be great influential to Quinn himself and to his subsequent work. Quinn is the author of several books and films about Picasso. Since the 1960’s Quinn concentrated his work on artists, amongst them Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali. In the late 1980’s an intense relationship similar to his friendship with Picasso, linked Quinn to Georg Baselitz.Andre Villers. The chance meeting between Andre Villers and Pablo Picasso happened in a Vallauris street in 1953 when Villers stopped the artist to take his photograph. This moment was the beginning of a great friendship. A friendship not only responsible for creating a complete fusion of photography and painting, but the legacy of which is an entire project documenting the life,...
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