The picture within a picture
Martial Raysse’s works often have various authors. Suzanna Suzanna, for example, is an extraordinary pastiche of the Old Testament subject that Tintoretto depicted centuries earlier, into which he inserted his friend Arman in the role of the old lecher, thus transforming the work into reflection on the painting medium. In À propos de New York en peinturama (1965) he included a self portrait alongside the artist Jean Tinguely, recording their stay in America in 1962; the canvas becomes a pretext for the artist’s cinematographic experimentation. He continuously explores the limits of painting and the pictorial genre and inserts one into the other: his works feature split-up frames, mirrors that reflect the spectator’s gaze, bewildering superimpositions, and historic paintings that contain real still life studies or group portraits.