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Makeup (Froufrou)

Makeup (Froufrou)
signed and dated 'C. TABOURET 2016' (on the reverse)
acrylic on panel
20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.)
Painted in 2016.
Bugada & Cargnel, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner
P. Piguet, "Huit Experimentations Autour du Portrait Contemporain," Loeil Magazine,  no. 689, April 2016, p. 73 (illustrated in color).

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Lot Essay

Beauty for me is when something reaches eternity. A ray of light, music, a painting, sometimes these can make time disappear; it’s a strong and beautiful experience. I think that’s what art should be about: the end of time.
– Claire Tabouret

Claire Tabouret's loose, textured figurative style shines bright in Makeup (Froufrou) from 2016. Known for the exploration of identity, or the loss of it, the French painter who moved from Paris to Los Angeles in 2015, chooses adolescents as her subject matter, gathering inspiration from personal archives, source material from the internet and vague clichés. Through the guise of portraiture, she expresses poignant and powerful statements on femininity within the larger social context. On her process, she reveals, "[f]irst I paint a portrait of a child—nice and tidy... Then I cover it with makeup as one of a child’s first primitive gestures related to painting. The makeup is about painting, but also about wearing a mask. Makeup, when it is not neatly applied, can be disturbing, and evoke madness, or brutality" (C. Tabouret quoted in "Claire Tabouret," Flaunt Magazine, September 2016). Her highly stylized technique of layering transparent paint heavily within monochromatic, corporeal compositions results in masterful representations of intangible realities.

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