Vernissage

Satrapi 3I can’t buy a Renoir or a Caillebotte. Only museums or oil Sheiks can afford such important pieces. Contemporary art is the way for lesser mortals to buy original works. The artist/author behind Persepolis and other graphic novels, Marjane Satrapi is going to be exhibiting 21 of her original paintings at Galerie de Noirmont in Paris until March 23, 2013.

Ri-tratti-familiari_main_image_objectMarjane Satrapi was born on November 22, 1969 in Iran. As she explains in her autobiographical novel, Persepolis, Satrapi grew up in a wealthy, westernized family. They opposed the Shah, but were appalled by those who replaced him. Afraid that outspoken Marjane would get into serious trouble, her parents sent her to Vienna, where she studied at the Lycée Français. She eventually returned home and obtained a master’s degree in visual communication. In her mid-20s, Satrapi moved to France, where she lives in Paris with her Swedish husband.

Persepolis was adapted for film in 2007. The French version is voiced by such major stars as Catherine Deneuve and won a César for Best First Film. The English version was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. A second film version of one of her books, Poulet aux Prunes (Chicken with Plums), was released in 2011.

As for Satrapi’s paintings, the faces are very simple, yet very expressive. Her style reminds me of Matisse in its celebration of pure color and also of Mondrian, with the geometric pattern of the backgrounds. The women make me think of glamor-girl portraits from the 1940s. The vernissage (ver-knee-sazj), or preview, will be on Wednesday, January 30. The word vernissage comes from the act of varnishing an oil-painting, which is the last step before it can be hung for display or sale. I predict that these 21 paintings will sell quickly, perhaps even before any varnish will have time to dry.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French and English teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France.
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2 Responses to Vernissage

  1. Cliff Gilbert says:

    Wasn’t Persepolis a black and white movie/book? Her art was quite unique in black and white but it is also equally distinctive in colour.

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