04 . 09 — 25 . 10 . 2015
O espinho brota
The Galerie Agnès Monplaisir presents for the first time in Paris works by Brazilian artist Cabral. This exhibition brings together twenty of the artist’s most recent paintings. The pieces are characterized by the great chromatic vibration of their composition and the absence of limits between objects and their background. The motivation of Cabral’s painting goes beyond the opposition between representation and abstraction. His work centers on constructing and deconstructing forms and styles. Suggestions of representational figures dissolve in the juxtaposition of thick layers of paint applied with energetic gestures.
The series Fala D João (Dom João Speaks), for which this is the inaugural exhibition, offers paintings placed alongside poems composed by the painter. Thus, a verse from one of the poems, “Leonor”, inspired the exhibition’s title: “onde rosa tomba / espinho brota” (“where the rose falls / springs forth the thorn”) refers to the intimate life of the royal couple and Queen Leonor’s unhappiness and dissatisfaction in the wake of John II’s infidelities. Through explosions of color the artist’s painting imitates the oscillating emotions and intensity of human life. Situated between reality and poetry, Cabral’s paintings overflow with ambivalent feelings, vibrating with equally as many lights as sensations.
© David Atlan
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