Lot 37
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Vincent Michéa

5,000 - 8,000 GBP
11,250 GBP
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  • Vincent Michéa
  • Before the Bigger Splash
  • acrylic on canvas


Jack Bell Gallery, 2013
Acquired from the above by present owner


London, Jack Bell Gallery, Vincent Michéa: Before The Bigger Splash, 2012
London, Saatchi Gallery, Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America, 2014, illustrated in the catalogue p.106
Munich, Institute of Art History, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Flow of Forms, Forms of Flow, 2017

Catalogue Note

Before the Bigger Splash offers a vibrant and glamourous depiction of Dakar, a city the French-born artist calls home. Presented through a ‘reticular lens’, the painting illustrates the chic lifestyle of Dakar’s inhabitants. Modernist architectural structures can be seen along the background horizon, further contextualising the city in a new-fashioned time.

In the foreground, the rear view of a female swimmer and an awareness of her imminent jump into the pool engage the viewer with the immediacy of the moment. Her form is accentuated with pointillism, and a pop art, graphic style effect which adds a young contemporary tone to the image.

Vincent Michéa was born in France in 1966, and moved to Dakar twenty years later. His work has been exhibited at multiple galleries and institutions, which include the Saatchi Gallery (2014), Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (2015) and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2016).