A round belly, a finch, the horizon. In Paul Rousteau's photographs, the subject is not the point. Lighthearted, united by a sunny palette and a sense of rhythm, they share a positive vision of the world, an implicit reminder of lost paradises. Grenadine, celadon, coral or lemon yellow touches look as if they've been applied with a brush, forming volutes and psychedelic halos with soothing properties. Nothing can disturb the overall harmony — even the blur is intentional, leading to a liquid space, similar to Monet's impressions, where everything glides, melts and pulsates, with no end or perspective.
As a child, Paul Rousteau attended an alternative school in Auvergne, following the teaching of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian thinker and disciple of Gœthe. His school notebooks already hinted at his active imagination, his attention to nature and the marriage of tones — all characteristics of his style.
Frequently seen on the pages of Profane, the artist has twice revisited his history there: first, by comparing his candid drawings with his current photographs, to highlight their similarities. Secondly, by creating a series dedicated to eurythmy, the art of movement created by Steiner, in which the body, adorned in bright veils, speaks the language of the soul.
The ensemble dialogues here, amplifying on the walls the clear echo repeated on paper.
Profane is a biannual magazine dedicated to amateurs, in the broadest sense of the term. Compulsive collectors obsessed with an unusual object, Sunday painters, feverish accumulators of seemingly unimportant things, childhood or random creations... Profane recounts the amorous impulses of anonymous connoisseurs, artists hidden away from the official limelight, flushed out at the edge of a thousand and one unexpected and secret paths, to tell the story of a certain vision of art.
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