'These false persepctives, these facades, these arbors, have another side that is cloth and nails and wood.... These few square feet of light and illusion are surrounded by machinery and flanked by wings, the hidden labyrinths of which do not interfere one bit with the pleasure of the spectator who is playing the game of theater.'
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Sets, Scenes and Environments: Georges de la Tour
As the nights are drawing in, I thought it would apposite to have a look at some night paintings. Here are a few marvellous paintings by 17th century french artist Georges de la Tour. La Tour's oeuvre consists almost entirely of paintings of figures by candlelight. There is a monumental, solemn simplicity in his great canvases. Little is known about his life but it is assumed he was influenced by Caravaggio. There is speculation that he may have been influenced by the shallow spaces and lighting of the theatre of his day.
Peter Greenaway cited La Tour as a primary influence on his 1982 film, 'The Draughtsman's Contract':