Both my wife Jan and I like and appreciate art, and are sorry that we’ve run out of space in our home — otherwise we’d be buying paintings and sculptures all the time. (Of course, we’d also be going bankrupt.)
In any case, this fact of life was driven home once again on Saturday evening, when we attended the advance opening of Daglan’s new art exhibition (Expo Art Plastique), which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, until July 8.
It turned out that many of Daglan’s plugged-in residents — that is, those who tend to be active in community events — were on hand for the advance showing. Here’s a look:
For the remainder of this posting, I’ll give you just a taste of the art that’s been placed around the Salle des fêtes.
First of all, these four paintings of peaceful seaside scenes received a lot of favourable comments, including from Jan and me. Once again, we regretted not have any more space on the walls of our house. Have a look:
I didn’t count, but I’d guess that paintings outnumbered statues by at least three to one — but there were still a large number of carved or shaped pieces, like this one:
Next come two abstract paintings by a painter in our village who goes only by his last name, Robain. (In my previous posting, on June 21, I published a photo of his studio at the southern edge of Daglan.) And here are some examples of his work:
Naturally, not all of the paintings in the expo are abstract or surreal. What would an art exhibition be without paintings of people and animals? Like, for instance, this piece of a mother cat licking one of her kittens:
When Jan and I were talking with a friend about the show, I pointed at two abstract pieces and said they were my favourites — and our friend replied that they looked as if someone had just sloshed some paint on the canvas. Well, that’s personal taste for you. One person’s art is another person’s mess.
Personally, I like the strength of these black, dark blue and white paintings (by an artist named Jacques Croci), and would love to have a dramatic wall in my home where I could show them off. See what you think:
The most expensive piece, as listed in the expo catalogue, was Port la nuit by Gérard Remigereau, shown below. It’s on offer for 4,000 euros.
Which brings me to prices. While 4,000 euros was at the top, there were a few paintings at 3,000; quite a few around 1,000; a great number in the hundreds of euros (200, 300, 400, and so on); and a fairly small number at just under 100 euros.
With most products and services, “you get what you pay for,” but when it comes to art, I suspect that personal preference plays a particularly large part. So what’s your view?