Sundown, 2009

Sundown is a large canvas featuring, as its title suggests, a sunset but it could also be interpreted as a nuclear cloud. As for Instant, the dominant hues of red, orange and pink suggest rather than represent the event, the physical phenomenon, the blast, the explosion or the induced heat. The source of this painting is in fact a very low resolution image taken from the Web without any relation with reality and digitally produced. The gradient of colors, which go from blue to white, that Luc Tuymans painstakingly reproduced in painting is hence more artificial than natural, more technical than emotional, more icy than warm. Once again, the artist asks us to face the painting, representation and image to better decipher, understand and interpret them beyond their nature or appearance, and then to give them body and meaning.