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Philippe Cognée

Écho

84 pages
28 x 32,5 cm
hardcover

44 original reproductions 
16 video stills reproductions
language : French / English
release : 2011
ISBN 978-2-916275-86-4

Interview with the artist and Marie-Laure Bernadac
Essay by Alain Bonfand
Text by Jean-Jacques Aillagon


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Philippe Cognée has been choosen to create a piece, Echo, intended to be shown in the renovated premises of the Grand Commun at the Château de Versailles: forty-or-so round paintings -called tondo- as if the painter created a constellation of images seen through his eyes. Those pieces of various size were based on a video from which stills are featured in the book. Those stills are like a spyglass through which we sense the reality oh both frivolity (the court) and tragedy (the guillotine). The eye wanders, slips in and out, from the gardens to the chambers. Details of Versailles appear and disappear in the painting’s substance, here a stairway, a chandelier, a hallway, there frozen animal sculptures, moll hills, a façade in the morning light... 

This large book also contains an interview of Philippe Cognée with Marie-Laure Bernadac (curator in charge of the contemporary art collection at the Louvre), an essay by Alain Bonfand, art historian and teacher at the Academie des Beaux-Arts of Paris, along with a text by Jean-Jacques Aillagon.

A limited edition of this book is also available, either with a drawing or a watercolor. 

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