Fumée 19c6 – Etienne GROS

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Technique:carbon deposit on paper
Dimension: 19,6 x 12,5 inch

It was the sooty deposit left by a flame that was to give “body” to what Etienne Gros calls his “smoke drawings”.

He uses the flame of a candle or a paraffin lamp to trace unpredictable, delicate, soft lines of immense fragility on sheets of white paper.
No brushes, pencils, or any other of the artist’s usual tools are involved. Etienne draws with whorls of smoke, letting himself be bewitched by the random patterns traced by the smoke. Sometimes the result is pure magic, sometimes not.
He calls on the fire in his studio to free genies from lamps, like Aladdin, while taking us far, far back in time, to the dawn of mankind.


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Etienne Gros

Dépôt de carbone

It is the deposit of carbon from a flame that will give "body" to what Etienne Gros has called "smoke".
He can use the flame of a candle or an oil lamp. In an unpredictable way, with an extreme lightness and softness but also a great fragility, forms will be deposited on the white sheet of paper.
No brushes, pencils or anything else that might resemble the painter's accessories are used. He draws with the wisps of smoke and lets himself be amazed by the randomness that the flame offers him.
Like Aladdin, he releases the genies of his lamps and takes us far, far away, into an ancestral world.


signed by the artist with a certificate of authenticity