Detail View

Portrait of Laure
Date: 1968-1969
Dimensions: image: 18 13/16 x 12 3/16 in. (47.8 x 31 cm) sheet: 29 9/16 in. x 22 in. (75.1 x 55.9 cm) mat: 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm)
Medium: etching
Credit Line: Director's Fund Purchase
Label Text: Jacquet’s prints begin with photographs—in this case, a picture of his friend Laure Gemajnet. The photograph was taken in New York’s Chelsea Hotel, where the French artist lived and met icons of American Pop Art: Warhol, Rauschenberg, and Lichtenstein. Alain Jacquet also enjoyed blurring the boundaries between fine art and popular culture. Like Lichtenstein, he sometimes co-opted the newspaper industry’s Ben-Day dots. However, Jacquet became more interested how these mechanical processes rely upon optical blending within to the eye to produce an image— a phenomenon explored decades earlier by French Impressionist and Pointillist artists. In this print, Jacquet manipulates printed color separations in an over-all bulls-eye pattern, rather than with individual, colored dots. He pushes the image to the threshold of legibility. My work is all about making images disappear. It’s a visual, formal thing—there’s no deep philosophy behind it and I’m not commenting on photo-journalism. I’m fascinated by the way a picture can break down into the tiniest abstract elements close up, then reappear as a pictorial image.
Object Number: 1970/1.27
Currently not on view