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Damien De Lepeleire

La Lettre Volée

Damien De Lepeleire is a Belgian painter whose work proceeds in series, with all that this implies in dealing with difference and repetition, coherence and uncertainty. In response to the invitation from the publishing house La Lettre Volée to produce an art book, the artist chose as his subject—having already treated such diverse themes as soccer, Op art, and pornography—the art book. The result is “Trop beau pour être vrai” (Too good to be true), 2000–2001, a series of sixty watercolor and ink renditions, more or less exact, of selected pages.

One group took as a subject books devoted to Matisse published in conjunction with the Matisse exhibition at the Palais des Beaux-Arts and a retrospective at the Musée National d'Art Moderne de Paris in 1956. Sometimes an ink drawing reproduces the title page of a catalogue, with title, author, and date (Rétrospective, 2001); sometimes a

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