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Arles 2020 : marie pierre morel : Académies et Petits nus


Arles 2020 from day to day by Thierry Maindrault

The gallery “Sit Down”, managed by Françoise Bornstein is one of the Parisian galleries dedicated for the essential part to photography. In summer 2020, the gallery moved into one of the small salons of “Galerie Huit” to show an exhibition of spring 2019 presented in Paris. In the intimacy of its walls, photographs are hung in small formats. Here are some impressions of the photographer “marie pierre morel”.

Like the great classics of studio nudes from the end of the nineteenth century, the bodies are treated in postures. The faces are blurred, the backgrounds are neutrelized to let the bodies express themselves in the very academic pauses of this ancient period. Let us remember that painters and photographers (when it was not the same person) shared common models under identical posing conditions.

In “Academies”, feminine bodies emerge, in a very dark setting, with weak touches of very soft light.

In “Les Petits nus”, the reverse treatment is true, the same academic poses highlight now the muscular curves of male bodies on light backgrounds that provide a contrast of lines in a light that is however also soft.

Of course the pictures engraved, by the designer herself, adding to the technical nostalgia of the works.


Sit Down

8 rue de la Calade

13200 Arles

exhibition until September 27, 2020

open from Wednesday to Saturday

11 am to 01 pm  and 03 pm to 07 pm

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