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"D’après Gabrielle d’Estrées". 2008. Color C-print mounted on alubond.
Thus is ed. 8/10 and is in excellent condition.

This iconic photograph by Chinese Contemporary mixed media artist and photographer Pan Yue (China, B. 1968) unabashedly appropriates the 'scandalous' imagery of a famous this 16th century (c. 1594) oil portrait that now hangs in the Louvre Museum, France. The painting by an unknown artist, "Gabrielle d'Estrées et une de ses sœurs" depicts the King's most beloved mistress, with whom he had two legitimate children, sitting nude in a bath with one of her sisters, holding what is believed to be Henry's coronation ring. Her sister, also nude sits beside her, reaching out to gingerly pinch Gabrielle's right nipple as both women gaze solemnly outwards.
Pen Yue's version stays compositionally true to the original,, but replaces the two French sisters with highly made-up, nude Chinese actresses, a common thread of his work, with their faces powdered white, elaborate wigs with long black curled tresses and wearing dramatic and dark makeup. Pan Yue has replicated many of the famous western, Old Master Paintings in this manner and in an ongoing series where he explores gender roles as well as the relationship of Western and Eastern art, culture, tradition and history. This work is a stunning conflation of East and West and is one of Pan's most important images, as it has never come to the secondary market prior to this edition.

The artist was born in 1968 in Beijing, China. From 1984 to 1988 he studied at the high school affiliated with the Central Academy of Fine Arts and from1988- 1992 he formally trained at the No.1 Studio Oil Painting Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. By 1992 he was a Lecturer of fine arts & art history at the Landscape Architecture of Beijing Forestry University and by 2000 he had moved to Europe to live and work, and studied as teacher in training at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Paris. His photographs have been exhibited internationally since the 1990's at Museums and Exhbitions including his solo show in 2009 “Once, Red Star Over China: New Documentary Photography From Pan Yue,” Art Seasons, Beijing, China and Singapore. Recent group exhibitions include his 2010 travelling show: “Passing By China,” at Sanatorium, Istanbul, Turkey and Eli Klein Fine Art, New York, USA and in 2009 “Contemporary Chinese Photography,” Florida Museum of Photographic Art, Tampa, Florida, USA. His The 1994 "Invitational Exhibition of 100 Young Painters In Oil Painting", National Gallery, Beijing, China and again in "The 1993 Biennial Art Exhibition of China", National Gallery, Beijing, China.

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Provenance:
  • The Studio of The Artist. Present Private Collection, France
  • Pickup Location: France
  • Shipping Dimensions: 28.3 x 33.5 in. (71.88 x 85.09 cm.)
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