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The drawing “René Magritte & the perched cat”belongs to the series “Room portraits”. In his works, Damien Nicolas Roux imagines sublime interiors decorated around a prestigious work. To stage the reproduced canvas, he inserts iconic furniture and lighting fixtures and collectors’ items. His freedom as a facetious artist sometimes leads him to construct a second mise en abyme. Thus he slips one of his own creations into this imaginary interior. Indeed, Damien Nicolas Roux is also a plastic artist and creates obelisks and pyramids in cardboard and brass. They fit perfectly into the decor. The work is in the work, but the artist too, since he plays to hide his signature (DNR) in his drawing, do you see it? Finally he never forgets to add a little life in the form of a human or animal presence.
Each drawing is accompanied by a colored paper mat in one of the colors recommended by the artist. A work with surprising and accomplished techniques, which mixes references to painting, architecture and decorative arts.
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“René Magritte & the perched cat” features an oil on canvas from 1928, “The false mirror”. Against a background of elegant wallpaper, this painting by one of the masters of surrealism, overlooks the console “Passage” by designer Hervé Van Der Straeten, the LC02 armchair by Le Corbusier – edited by Cassina, as well as an antique vase. The Multi-Lite suspension by Louis Weisdorf – edited by Gubi, lights up the scene.
We also like the humor of Damien Nicolas Roux: what is it that intrigues the cat so much? This is the question that Manuel Crépon answers. He signs 12 narrative texts to accompany each drawing of the series. The booklet printed with all the texts and drawings will be attached free of charge to the delivery.
Photo credit: Damien Nicolas Roux and Galerie Maison Dauphine.Discover the artist