Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe

In 1963, Jacquet cut his Lichtenstein Hot Dog and dispersed the pieces. This artistic gesture shows Jacquet’s desire to explore the multiplicity of a work and announces the birth of “Mec Art” (abbreviation of “mechanical art”). The artists of “Mec Art” create their works via photographic report processes by screen printing.

In 1964, Jacquet produced his first work of “Mec ‘Art”: Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe. It is Jacquet’s flagship work, even the foundation of much of his subsequent artistic approach. Jacquet transforms the original photographic photograph: it enlarges the screen until it distorts and brings out the points of the photograph in the foreground. The point thus enlarged, camouflages the image as much as it constitutes it.

Jacquet extends his work on enlarging points and distorting the image directly from his Lunch…: he multiplies the versions, lingers over certain details in the photograph and creates, from these details, works independent of the snapshot from which they were taken.

In 1989, Alain Jacquet celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Lunch at the Galerie Marianne and Pierre Nahon who organized an exhibition exclusively devoted to this painting, its variants and its details. A work from the collection “L’Autre Musée / Grandes Monographies” by Editions La Différence written by Pierre Restany also marked this anniversary.

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