In Martial Raysse’s work, colour recovers the exuberance of pure pigment: stark greens, sumptuous vermilions, chromatic yellows that startle the retina or deep blacks swallowed in a velvety opacity. In large uniformly painted areas, through juxtaposed contrasts or minute studies of range or weft, the coloured paint structures the compositions attracting and activating the gaze. The colours often underline the artifical character of the objects, their unnatural, unharmonious or false quality. Taken to the extreme, the use of colour indicates a mastery of bad taste or, in the artist’s own words, ‘the dream of an over-desired beauty’ and embittered.