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Stéphane Erouane Dumas at La Verrière

Cliffs

La Verrière presents a monumental, three-dimensional work by Stéphane Erouane Dumas – a new variation on the triptych, exploring an endlessly-revisited, inexhaustible natural motif. Cliffs is a painterly installation that transcends the medium and one of its longest-established forms.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Stéphane Erouane Dumas at La Verrière
© Fabien de Cugnac, 2012

Paintings by Stéphane Erouane Dumas focus on the natural world. For many years, he has observed and depicted the stunning cliffs at Caux, in his native region of Normandy, in over 100 canvases. This latest work is a vast triptych celebrating the same motif, bathed in the natural light of La Verrière. The monumental, curved installation fills the viewer’s gaze, creating an immersive cliff wall of paint, a sculpture in colour, bordering on abstraction.
 
To create this outsize project, the artist used a specially-created scaffold from which to paint each of the thirty-two huge panels, in his Paris studio. A scale model directed the installation in situ, together with detailed instructions for each separate element. After two years’ work, the gigantic oil panels were installed at La Verrière following a precise, curving format, designed to ensure the sense of visual continuity. The resulting, monumental installation is 38 metres long and four metres high.

The work is a new departure for Stéphane Erouane Dumas, breaking into a new spatial dimension. As La Verrière’s artistic director Alice Morgane explains, ‘these vast, pensive cliff faces, at once very precisely depicted, and unfocused […] offer a genuinely moving, dizzying experience.’ Near-abstract striations of colour and mineral form create a powerful ‘telluric presence'.

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