Max Hetzler in Paris presents seven paintings by Louise Bonnet. The paintings all are dated 2021. In the press release Bonnet says, “For years, I tried to make acrylic do what oil does. Working in oil was a revelation”. The inspiration and title of the show include references to Peter Paul Rubens, the nude as subject, water, art history, emotions, shame, and embarrassment.
I like the paintings. The color blue makes the paintings moody. In 2021, I learned about patience. Looking at the bodies in the work, I was in Paris for the first time. I moved my body from New York and into another city. I am healthy. Bonnet’s bodies have small heads and strong torsos. The bodies look pink, fleshy and weird. There are no faces. I grabbed at someone else. Together in the present bodies perform so well.
Galerie Max Hetzler
57, Rue du Temple