Galerie Paul Janssen
Le Chat à Saint-Tropez

Summer 2021, it is not one but seven bronze felines that will brighten up Saint-Tropez! Only these are not just any felines! They are those of the famous Belgian artist Philippe Geluck! These large bronze cats will be exhibited in the center of Saint-Tropez from June 23 to October 12, 2021.

The collaboration with Philippe Geluck and the Galerie Paul Janssen will be inaugurated with a summer exhibition from July 18 to August 31. To see in exhibition, small sculptures of the cat, original paintings and drawings as well as lithographs signed in limited series and a unique painting of “Le Chat à Saint-Tropez” created by master Geluck.

Le Chat à Saint-Tropez - Galerie Paul Janssen

The artist Philippe Geluck

Painter, sculptor, writer, humourist and cartoonist, Philippe Geluck is something of an all-rounder. His Le Chat is a comic strip bestseller, hilariously channelling the absurdity of life.

Le Chat, invented as a light-hearted addition to the artist’s wedding announcement, appeared in Le Soir on 22 March 1983, uttering his famous Pif! Paf! Pouf! C’est un bon début. (Bing! Bang! Bong! That’s a good start.) Graphic heir to the ‘ligne claire’, Geluck’s cat gets on the wrong side of authority and scoffs at the world at large.

Geluck’s art is a personal synthesis of Reiser’s corrosive brilliance, Folon’s dark poetry and the mordant irony that is typical of a Chaval. Philippe Geluck, who was born in 1954, is an artist who has never taken himself too seriously. He views himself as a joker with an allegiance to the world of popular art. In practising his humorous acrobatics, Geluck seeks to skew the way we look at life and the way we think in order to surprise us. His drawings make us laugh, but with the intention of also making us think.

In his paintings, Philippe Geluck encourages us to think about modern art. Whether he is re-examining Gustave Courbet’s L’Origine du monde, stereotyping the pop art of Roy Lichtenstein, interrogating Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionism or lacerating the spatialism of a Lucio Fontana, he always does so with a half smile on his face. His works are sharp-witted tributes to the masters of contemporary art. Geluck’s Chat also poses as a sculpture in resin or bronze, playing at being a Chaltérophile (a pun on haltérophile, French for “weightlifter”) or a Discobole (Discobolus). Nothing is fixed and sacred in Philippe Geluck’s approach, but if he hijacks the masterpieces of the past, he does so with affection and admiration, inviting us to derive from them new and unexpected pleasures

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Le Chat à Saint-Tropez

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