STÉPHANIE SOLINAS

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L’Austère sentiment
[The Austere feeling]
Amitier
[To friendship]
2015
Inkjet print
Wood frame
100x150cm

Witness of the intimacy of Sand and Chopin, Delacroix decided in 1838 to paint them together in a single painting. The preparatory drawings indicate a composition with a piano on the right, as Delacroix sought to represent a creative action in which Chopin’s music plays the leading role. But the unfinished canvas was cut in half after Delacroix’death - and today the fragment with the portrait of George Sand is in Denmark, and Chopin is at the Louvre Museum in Paris. With the crucial help of photography, Solinas recreates the shape of the original painting to reunite the 3 friends.