In the six portraits of duets (150 x 100 cm), the "out-of-field" has disappeared, it is the play of look between the two characters that tend the composition because when we are two, we are always cornered by the other . (3) As for the 3 paintings (140 x 140 cm) showing groups of 4 women, they are presented as animated family portraits, in which one sits, one poses, one plays ... As soon as one is at many, we make concessions, so we ask, we're not quite ourselves anymore. (3)
This series of paintings is a continuation of all her previous creations, including her comics Persepolis (2000-2003) and Embroidery (2003), in which Marjane Satrapi strove to portray the complexity of human nature , with a simplified and yet remarkably expressive pictorial expression, always treating with great irony and humor the classical aesthetic criteria of human representation.
With a total freedom of creation that frees herself from any technical or pictorial dogmatism, she reconciles here the paradoxes of her personality between a character at once exuberant, very exteriorized, and surprisingly introspective, which makes a logical and Cartesian reasoning coexist with a dreamlike expression of feelings and emotions, in a personal experience that mixes Eastern values from his family culture and Western values, the artist who has lived in France since his youth.
1: Henri Matisse, "Notes of a painter on his drawing", in Le Point, 1939.
2: Henri Matisse in Louis Aragon, "Matisse in France", 1943.
3: The words in italics are by the artist.