My Leg, 2011

My Leg shows part of the artist’s leg as he was sitting in the same armchair as in the painting Me. Both paintings were actually presented together, in 2013 in New York for the exhibition The Summer is Over. They are based on photographs taken by Luc Tuymans’ partner—the artist Carla Arocha—, which are poor, without object or intention, as are snapshots taken by mistake or chance. However, the picture on which Me is based is cold, frontal and almost impersonal, whereas that of My Leg seems extremely sophisticated in its composition, the intricate combination of diagonals, its muted lights and subtle textures. Tuymans’ painting underlines all its potential and wealth of effects, and the image therefore seems to be generated by the very matter of the painting