Monique Frydman

Galerie Laage-Salomon

Monique Frydman’s work tends to elicit either indifference or enthusiasm. The indifference stems perhaps from the fact that her paintings take no part in current artistic trends. But for those who still pursue beauty and pleasure in art, Frydman’s canvases are both provocative and affecting.

Frydman defines pleasure in painting as “the deployment of a particular form of knowledge . . . The fact of being at once mortal and eternal . . . the memory or the subconscious knowledge of happiness as a form of human materialization and perfection,” and she models her work on the paintings of Cézanne. (In 1992, for example, she gave a lecture at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris entitled “The Pursuit of Happiness in Cézanne’s Painting.”) Pleasure for Frydman represents a place where she finds the source of her art, a place she claims “in the most radical way joins that of man’s aspiration

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