La danseuse

  • Anton F.
  • 2014
  • Inv. No. 101.15.02
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Persone, Acqua
Size XS
30x30cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
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30x30cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
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30x30cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
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30x30cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
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30x30cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
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The direct and immediate reference to the subject in this photograph is Degas’s dancers, whom the artist admiringly observes. The choice of taking the picture of the dancer with her back to us is surprising: her arm is ready to follow her body in a twisting action that seems to transform her white costume into an unstoppable vortex sucking in all the space around her.
An image viewed through the filter of a body of water, distorted but not yet fully abstract, close yet unattainable when it seems to be in reach, liquid and changeable: this is the nature of the Métamorphoses series, whose title encloses those distances, not only in form but also perceptions, that are the foundations of the artist’s work. The person is always portrayed in his or her individuality and with spontaneous gestures, but never appears as part of a group or in relation to other people. Using the Expressionistic technique, Anton F. distorts figures to extremes. The bodies are enormous, out of focus, lost in a space in which all emotions are on display. Protecting one’s identity, called into question by today’s increasingly frenetic society, becomes the central theme of the series; the spontaneity and freshness of the images immediately give us views and moments of life, showing us what we can see around us and in human nature.  The shots are pictorial and can be juxtaposed with the work of artists such as Ingres, Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso, Bacon and all those who can offer us insight into the deepest nature of life.
Anton F. left Lille to move to Bordeaux, and then in 1994 he moved to Paris, where he now lives and works. Although he was tapped to work in economics, after completing his studies he turned to photography and specialized in it, making it a career. Between late 2013 and early 2014 he exhibited Reflets New York 912 at the Galerie Jules&Jim in Paris. In 2014, the Galerie de l’Europe in Paris devoted a retrospective to the photographer to present the Lignes 2013/2014 series, of which Les Musées Barbier-Mueller (Geneva) owns a diptych. His second solo show was inaugurated in 2015 and was reserved for Métamorphoses, the series he then exhibited at the Fondation d’Entreprise HiMedia. The French photographer’s artistic research, selected by the KML Art Foundation, has gained attention in Italy and Europe – mainly in Brussels – but also in New York.