Prints : Yslaire

Paradis perdu panoramique
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Paradis perdu panoramique

Yslaire created this drawing at a time when he had not yet become the author of “XXe Ciel”, but the theme of angels is already present. Champaka has included this type of image in a collection entitled “Les anges.” “The theme of this image” recounts the author of “Sambre”, “set in a time and space that remain uncertain, initially represented the casting out of Eden of the damned lovers. It encompassed a mythology, however imprecise, of the origins of the wars among the Sambre. That is to say, the Palaeolithic ancestors, however romanticised, of Bernard and Julie. The right-hand element was added at a later stage in order to create a second, more panoramic, version in screen-print. The outcrop of rock, the angel figures and the rainbow… all of these elements were part of this quest for “poetic strangeness”, a recurrent theme of the period. Unfortunately, to my eyes the serigraphic treatment of the image, with the tonal rigidity of the full-tone areas and the loss of mystery that this engendered, proved to be a great disappointment. That was the outcome before I embarked on a much happier collaborative experience with Philippe Struelens, the screen-print expert who was responsible for most of Champaka’s prints. As was the case with many of my images, this one was to enjoy a new lease on life, announced in a sense by the angels on the rock. It reappears in the world of “XXeciel.com” with a biplane that has just crashed in the foreground. The battle-scarred surface of the earth and the waning crepuscular light combine to evoke Verdun and the death of Farouge’s brother.”

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