Palettes: a series of films devoted to great works in painting history. Thanks to recent developments in video animation technique, the secrets of these images are revealed like thrilling adventures of discovery.
Picasso - The colours of passion
The crucifixion, made in 1930, is an unusual painting for Picasso, who rarely showed interest in painting religious subjects. The depiction , that surpasses a realistic rendering of the Calvary, puts a number of peculiar figures in a blue stage. Compose as a kind of rebus, the painting combines a multitude of allusions and also refers to the deep crisis Picasso was going through at that time.
Bonnard - The mimetic mimosa
A Cote d'Azur landscape seen through a window. Between 1939 and 1946, Pierre Bonnard works on a picture of apparent simplicity, painting what he sees from his studio. Yet the distribution of space, the visual exercises that the painter forces on the viewer, the clues left here and there, the amazing range of colours are all intimations of the surprising scenario in this painting.
Matisse - The raw nerve of colour
In 1941, Henri Matisse undergoes major surgery twice, Henceforth, he can only work in seated or reclining position. He then further develops the technique of using gouache cut-outs, that he has employed for several scale models during the thirties. The final periods of the painter's life is so active that it seems like a rebirth, a second career, to which this Tristesse du Roi from 1952 bears witness.