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From Jean-François Millet to Andres Serrano, a history of the pisser in art

From Jean-François Millet to Andres Serrano, a history of the pisser in art

On each page, each sentence, each comma, one feels the extreme knowledge, the absolute mastery, the delicious intelligence of the elegant marquis who holds the pen.Certainly, Jean-Claude Lebensztejn is not a marquis, but I am.thus imagine, seated in front of an ivory marquetry writing desk, leafing through his engravings with a movement of his chin, of which he makes superb use in his book, “Figures pissants, 1280-2014”, published in 2016.Historian, theorist, critic of art, honorary professor at Paris-I, he has all the qualifications to escape the accusation of filth.In his book, he collates the images of characters watering dandelions, and collects "iconological studies for walk with us through centuries of diuretic fantasies, ”he says.It's more chic than saying that he is interested in those who are screwing up or making the baobab tree cry.

It all starts with the Manneken-Pis, an international figure in urination, copied by the Japanese and filmed in 1913 by Alfred Machin (with Balthus, 5, in a small role, yes my dear!).Everything continues with Bruegel, Jordaens, Van Der Veyden, and the pissing putti present in the grimoires, religious paintings (including the “Crucifixion” by Cimabue, 1280), illustrations of Poliphile (16th century), fountain sculptures (Lacaune-les-Bains, 1399) , genre scenes on wood (Guiliano Bugiardini, 16th century), bas-reliefs on wood by Niklaus Manuel Deutsch (1484-1530), ceiling boxes from Mantua… The images are incredibly beautiful: these children pissers of William Hogarth, this kid who relieves himself at Hubert Robert (1733-1808), these stones carved on a fireplace in Châlons-sur-Marne, and these drippers from Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" are fascinating.Good blood, where Did Jean-Claude Lebensztejn find all of this? It's the collection of a lifetime! And it continues: "Venus and Cupid" by Lorenzo Lotto (1480-1556), "La Précaution maternal" by Jean-François Millet (1855), "La Bacchanale des Andriens" by Titian (1523), then many others, overhung by Michelangelo's extraordinary pencil, red chalk from “Bacchanale d'enfants” (1533).These two pages by Michelangelo radiate beauty, shine through the paper, and these “pissing putti” are unforgettable.

Posted Date: 2021-03-31

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