A woman with a pale face graciously tilts her head, her round chin touching her round shoulder. On this flat lithograph in solid colors, her face features several letters. Europa, it says. The eyes are covered with a large E and a large U, while on the nose, an R and an O represent the nostrils. A very small P and a small A adorn the lips, like small white strokes that enhance the gloss of the make-up. To underpin his statement, the artist gave his character a blue dress with yellow stars, like the European flag.
It’s this humorous yet also stylistic aspect that differentiates Eduardo Arroyo. This Spanish painter, engraver, lithographer and sculptor was born in Madrid in 1937. He fled the Franco regime and settled in Paris in the 1960s. His typical figurative style, clean, cheerful, lively is found in everything he produces, including his well-known posters. At the Salon d’Art, you’ll discover this distinguishable Arroyo style, as well as his recurring themes and characters, like Citoyen (The citizen), the man with the felt hat who returns in many of his works, or the Spanish dancer with her traditional Flamenco dress. The human figure, styled and endlessly repeated, like a mantra, is at the centre of what he does.
“My paintings and my behaviour are conditioned by the fact that I was born and raised under the dictatorship of General Franco. For a long time, my paintings evoked, what I later called, for the sake of simplicity, my obsession with Spain”, he writes.
The images of Eduardo Arroyo are created with a detached eye, a wry nothing. Neither romantic nor uncontrolled emotion, no tears. Well-mannered distance. Each work is a pleasure to the eye because of its perfect balance of volumes, colours, white and black … and very often also due to that small touch of humour – a second layer brought with discretion.
Le Salon d’Art
81 rue de l’Hôtel des Monnaies
Tuesdays – Fridays, from 14:00 to 18:30h,
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Until 9 May