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CLARYSSE Johan
“THE INFINITY OF DESIRE (THE CASINO PLAYERS), 2015“

2015

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"The Infinity Of Desire" has everything of a classical masterpiece whilst oozing contemporary spontaneity. Easy on the eye at first glance, but infinitely intriguing from then on. At first glance, one would never guess Johan Clarysse painted this work as recently as 2015. Neither his style nor subject evoke a contemporary feeling, instead seamlessly instilling a classic and timeless atmosphere, magnified by the use of oil strokes on canvas. Yet, the partial bird’s eye perspective is very unusual and perhaps even peculiarly alienating. The scene depicts a card table but the characters’ hands are empty (no cards, no dice, no chips, ...) as is the rest of the decor. A-typical for a casino. Less is more, for the inevitably enthralled observer to imagine. The colors are rather bright for an interior setting, especially for a gambling den. The background is flat, a wall that resembles the abstract part of a Monet flower bed. Although the characters display more detail and are remarkably well evoked, they are so with very coarse brushstrokes. Seeing a woman in a gambling context further contributes to the paradoxical feeling that a second look at this painting instills in its perceiver. Furthermore, a well-dressed man seem to take the historical place of a woman standing by her husband’s side. A clear indication that the content subtly and intriguingly conflicts with the graphical language.

Details

  • Artist
    CLARYSSE Johan (1957, Belgian)
  • Creation Year
    2015
  • Medium
  • Dimensions
    H 31.5 in. x W 39.57 in.H 80 cm x W 100.5 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Ghent, BE
  • Reference Number
    LU131625613741
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