The Collection of Douglas S. Cramer

The Collection of Douglas S. Cramer

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Jules de Balincourt

Coming and Going

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25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


Jules de Balincourt

b. 1972

Coming and Going

signed Jules de Balincourt, titled and dated 2008 (on the reverse)

oil on panel

13¼ by 16½ in.

33.7 by 41.9 cm.

Executed in 2008.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

Acquired from the above by the present owner in July 2008

Born in Paris and currently based in both New York and Costa Rica, Jules de Balincourt is commonly characterized as a painter who works from photographs sourced from the Internet and mass media. Nevertheless, he connects his creative output to expressions of the subconscious and spiritual, describing his paintings as chapters of a book “interwoven” with his life. At the core of de Balincourt’s art lies a strong interest in the dynamics of globalization, a subject captured in Coming and Going (Airport), a simply rendered but highly sophisticated work executed in de Balincourt’s signature palette of vibrant colors set against whites, grays, and deep blues. According to the artist, his dream-like and narrative scenes, which often explore themes of tourism and security, are at one abstract and representational: “On a formal level I want to give the essence and not the fuzz, I want to make it direct. Even if it’s representational, it really is abstract painting, bringing things down to elemental shapes and forms.” This melding of these styles, as evinced in the present work, lends a sense of dynamism to de Balincourt’s airport scene, which represents a recurring subject in the artist’s prolific oeuvre.