n°246/ Back is the New Black

October 2016

by Nathalie Azoulai

Some painters wish to paint faces, some others long for backs. It could be for the drapery. From Watteau to Hammershøi, we learn to watch human bodies from a back perspective and wonder why it’s so emotional. Is not assault in the back easier, whether stabbing or shooting ? Could it be the reason why eventhough you don’t see the face, you imagine the vulnerable weakness ?

 Jean-Antoine Watteau

 Vilhelm Hammershøi