This series comprising 21 images was inspired by the
short solo piano pieces by Serge Prokofiev*, entitled
Visions Fugitives. The artist’s fascination with these
twenty piano pieces is due partly to their briefness (38 seconds to 1,50 minutes) and also to their
diversity of expression and changing mood, moving from
a sensitive lyricism to agitated chaos. Listening to
these pieces sometimes gives the impression of being
seduced into a world seemingly open, yet impenetrable.
In the spirit of the piano pieces, this series of
prints employs a variety of pictorial devices and
contrasting atmospheres, at the same time creating a
subtle and coherent link among the images. These works
in no way an illustration of Prokoviev’s pieces,
but analogies and relationships to the spirit
by the group of works.
The experiment began in 1992 in the series Veils is
pursued in these works, with the printing recto-verso of
a translucid sheet, exploring the potential of the
inclusion of the printed surface into the image :
transform a colour seen on and through the printed sheet, therefore modifying the comportment of this
*Serge Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Russian composer and pianist. Precociously gifted for
composition, writing his first scores at the age of
five. The twenty Visions Fugitives Op.20 were composed
between 1915 and 1917, with their source of
inspiration being a work by the Russian symbolist poet
Konstantin Balmont (1886-1942).
Better known for his ballet music, opera and equally
for his large works for piano or piano and orchestra,
the miniatures none the less announce scent of future compositions.