The technique of lenticular holography used by Dominique Mulhem allows our eye to perceive very clearly the effects of three-dimensional planes. The proof is in the behaviour of visitors to the gallery who try to gauge the thickness of the work, as if it were a box, containing objects and scenery positioned one behind the other. Sometimes the children, deceived by the optical illusion, also reach out with their hands and try to grasp the elements represented in the foreground.
In « The great battle of Trocadéro”, small biplane fighter planes in pop colours, a tank and a ship, all of which seem to have been taken out of a toy box, are in full combat. But here, the war is not set on the Spanish island of Trocadero, nor in 1823; instead, Mulhem plays with the modern landmarks of Trocadero Square and the Eiffel Tower. To add incongruity to comedy, the whole thing unfolds around the elegant legs of a woman and her Louboutin pumps. By giving the title of this painting the name of a famous feat of arms, Dominique Mulhem seems to be distancing himself from the military fact.
The frame, with a rod covered with a smoked mirror lacquer, contributes to sublimate this very beautiful piece.Discover the artist