Annabelle d'Huart

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2017 – “L’Expérience de la Couleur”

From October 2017 to April 2018

Group exhibition. Four of the seven Shitao paintings were shown here.

Between 2015 and 2019, Annabelle returned to the idea of seriality and completed Shitao, a series of seven large-scale paintings (190 x 290 cm), inspired by the writings of the Chinese philosopher and painter Shitao who wrote about the importance of the single stroke. Each canvas was coated with multiple layers of Meudon white paint, which created a surface similar to the stucco but also to that of Sèvres biscuit porcelain. On this surface, Annabelle painted a single multi-coloured line which meanders around the canvas. The colours flow effortlessly into one another, giving the impression that Annabelle genuinely painted it in a single stroke. Additionally, using shadows and almost imperceptible differences in the warm and cold white in the background, the line appears free, as if it is floating and moving in midair. The work is simultaneously so fluid and so airy that it could be described as liquid light. Four of these paintings were shown in the group show L’’Expérience de la couleur at the Ceramics Museum in Sèvres in autumn 2017.