The fauvist, cubist and expressionist paintings of Inès Longevial
We are great enthusiasts of the art and savoir faire of the French painter and illustrator Inès Longevial. Her cubist paintings, light, subtle and casual, full of colour and provocation, where the bodies and their curves poetically explore all things human are pure beauty and are reminiscent of the Cubist movement, of Fauvism due to how colour is altered compared to reality, as well as Expressionism due to its geometric strokes. A collage of styles that converge in her pictorial creations.
Inès graduated in Applied Arts and moved to Paris when she was 23 years old. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Berlin, San Francisco, Paris and New York and the truth is she has been painting since her early childhood. Maybe because her mother was also an artist and always encouraged her to approach art as far back as she can remember. That’s why she always knew what she wanted to do.
“As far back as I can remember, I have always drawn.”
Inès Longevial’s oil paintings are mainly about two subjects: femininity and nature. Because as she admits herself, her obsession with the female figure is due precisely to that preconceived idea of how this should be. That’s why she likes to represent the classic figure of a woman, by means of small brush-strokes and fragmentation techniques, distancing her from all the clichés and prejudices which she must constantly face with this “decomposition”.
“I wish we could approach the female body as we do emotions or nature: without sacralization nor fetishism.”
Her main inspiration is the French Basque Country, her homeland, as well as the work of Spanish artists such as Picasso or Pedro Almodóvar. But floral motifs are also part of her bucolic inspiration, another of the concepts that Longevial explores in her paintings.
“Painting allows me to show how I feel. A place of liberation. For example, my self portrait collection comes from a time when I was not painting very much and during which I just wanted to stay in bed the whole time.”
(*) Articles inside photo by Fiona Torre. The rest are paintings by Inès Longevial.
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