Peaches, 2012

Peaches and Technicolor were first shown together with the paintings of the Allo! series in 2012 in London. The following year, they were featured in two murals in the Dresden Schauspielhaus’ stairway for the exhibition Constable, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya. A Shock to the Senses curated by Luc Tuymans. Later, they were reproduced in two screen prints produced by Roger Vandaele in Antwerp. The source images for both works come from a 1913 advertising film whose blurriness and poorly saturated colors impressed Luc Tuymans. But what is immediately striking is the singular way in which the artist played with whites. Although their subject reminds of Flemish still lifes and paintings by Jean Siméon Chardin (1699-1779), Édouard Manet (1832-1883), Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904), Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940), only Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) experimented to that degree with white and emptiness as a way to produce space and light between things. Luc Tuymans thus reminds us that painting doesn’t deal with reality but with the representation of reality, which involves distancing, discrepancy and diffraction.