Pierre Dorion

Pantin, 1997

Artist
Pierre Dorion
Title
Pantin
Dimensions and medium
Oil on canvas, 84 × 56 cm
Artwork description
After developing a substantial body of work of mostly large-format, self-portrait paintings, Pierre Dorion created a series of much smaller works, many depicting interior or exterior spaces devoid of human presence. Pantin is part of a series of extremely sparse urban landscapes that evoke a cold, static and quasi-surreal universe. Surrounding what looks like a large circus tent in the centre of a public square, several buildings—painted as primarily geometric forms—create a repertoire of architectural styles. Rather than a realistic representation, they convey the idea of an urban landscape, an abstract concept suspended in time.

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