The aesthetic character of Louane’s works is expressionistic and free in use of colour. The depicted architectural motifs and landscapes seem almost sacral. The symmetry as well as the mosaic-like and detailed colour fields reinforce this impression. The forms and fields are geometric, precise yet slightly naive. The painting appears flat and bold, with little depth. Striking colour contrasts are complemented by a prevailing renunciation of perspective and shading. Due to the unrealistic colouring the art works seem slightly surreal.
What appears to be an aesthetic decoration is the stylization of the lettering to designate the place. Style writing is always present in Louane’s art works. Also within the Holidays series the figurative motif is clearly in the foreground. Extraordinary is the multi-functionality of a canvas and its transformation in the dark, due to the fluorescent details. Moreover, they carry content on the front as well as the back.
The expressionist style outweighs the aesthetic and factual layer. The artist wants to present his experience to the viewer. In contrast to generic postcards, Louane achieves a personal and subjectified representation of reality through his paintings.
Finally, are Holidays real places or just sought-after and desired destinations?
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