Artist: Stephen Hansen
Title: Salon at the Rue des Moulins (Toulouse-Lautrec)
Medium: Acrylic/Paper Mache'
Dimensions: 20.5"h x 24"w
"Salon at the Rue De Moulins (Toulouse-Lautrec)" is a unique piece of artwork that combines traditional two-dimensional painting with a three-dimensional sculptural element. The painting part of the artwork features a scene with several figures in an opulent interior setting. The women are seated on a large red sofa; their elegant dresses and relaxed postures add to the sense of leisure and comfort depicted in the scene. To the left of the painting, extending out from the canvas, is a three-dimensional figure of a person in a colorfully splattered painter's outfit. This figure stands on a small white scaffolding, giving the impression that they are part of the artwork, and is in the act of painting one of the two-dimensional scene, creating a playful connection between the three-dimensional space of the viewer and the fictional world of the painting. The sculptural figure holds a paintbrush, actively engaging with the canvas as if putting the final touches on the artwork. The whimsical nature of this installation blurs the boundaries between art and viewer, bringing a sense of liveliness and interaction to the piece. The integration of the sculpture and painting defies traditional expectations and adds a layer of meta-commentary, possibly inviting the viewer to ponder the act of creation or the relationship between artist and subject.