About The Work
« Abstract Painting is its element here: no narrative or figurative depiction, just the depiction of feelings and emotions contained on the surface of the picture », writes Louis Cane. This is the fundamental aim sought by the painter in his two series : Peintures vraiment abstraites (“Really abstract paintings”) in resin on stainless steel mesh, and Peintures abstraites traditionelles (“Traditional abstract paintings”) on canvas.
It is dicult not to notice the ironic emphasis on “really” in this series’ title, or the qualification of “traditionelles” in the previous series, with its provocateur’s tone and the critical distance implied between the painter and his work. This distance has been a constant in Cane’s trajectory after Supports/Surfaces.
Born in 1943, Beaulieu sur Mer, France. Lives and works in Paris, France.
ike Jean Cocteau's "Beast", Louis Cane is the prisoner of a magical punishment: the tenderness and generosity of the man behind the Beast remains unperceived. Since the 1960s, Louis Cane has had a monstrous career. He began by ravaging the picture, destroying the stretcher and lacerating the canvas to arrive at the Sol/Mur series. Then the ogre began devouring the Old Masters by thrashing all the various styles, from baroque to japonisme via expressionism and Pop. Even the giant that was Picasso never dared embark on such disturbing subjects as the "women playing at doctor", and nor look squarely at the terrors of childbirth. As Louis Cane declares: "to paint these pictures, you need a great deal of maturity and be in excellent mental health".
Founded in Saint-Étienne in 2006 by François Ceysson and Loic Bénétière, subsequently joined by Bernard Ceysson, artistic advisor, the Ceysson & Bénétière gallery initially expanded its presence in French-speaking Europe: Luxembourg, Paris and then Geneva. In Luxembourg, besides the space in Luxembourg city, the gallery now has another vast space at Wandhaff /Windhof near Koerich, measuring 1400 m2 and with more than 1200 m2 devoted solely to exhibitions.