FRANÇOISE GILOT
Chiaroscuro
2009
56x76 cm
monotype on paper
In the Várfok Gallery

Exhibited:
Françoise Gilot: Gilot100, Várfok Galéria, 2021.11.27. – 2022.01.15.

Monotype is the name given to a graphic process that is not only attractive because of the method of reproduction, but also on account of the unique quality of the print, the reason why it is often considered to be similar to painting. Gilot created her new series of monotypes in January 2009, her interest having been sparked by the Edgar Degas exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her painting, ’Chiaroscuro’, is a fine example dating from this period. In this type of work, line is relegated to the background, and Gilot works with thin layers of whole surfaces superimposed one upon another. Her ability to work at speed, on account of her aptitude in the technical aspects of the process, allows for a creativity which is characterised by a free association of ideas and what Gilot describes as "the flow of consciousness". Organising her work around themes, suggested by title, ’Chiaroscuro’, which conceals the relationship between dark and light, refers to the use of multi-tufted woodcuts of the same name in the 16th Century, but perhaps even more to the formulation of the 'plastic' light-shadow to be seen in the paintings of the great masters such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt.

FRANÇOISE GILOT
Chiaroscuro
2009
56x76 cm
monotype on paper
In the Várfok Gallery

Exhibited:
Françoise Gilot: Gilot100, Várfok Galéria, 2021.11.27. – 2022.01.15.