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LE LOUVRE NU PEINTURES/PAINTINGS

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Jean Galard, Catherine Belanger, Photos: Lois Lammerhuber
24 x 32 cm, 192 pages, 162 photos
English/French
Softbound in a box of black and red silk
ISBN: 978-3-901753-09-1, November 2008

LE LOUVRE NU PEINTURES/PAINTINGS

The idea for this book was born in the course of a visit through the Louvre, when Catherine Belanger ventured to call the Louvre the biggest brothel in the world. Jointly with Jean Galard, 62 key works of painting were selected from five centuries to illustrate the fascinating art of the depiction of the nude and the artists’ struggle for acceptance of the nude in art and society.
In his photos, Lois Lammerhuber detaches the nudity, sensuality and sexuality of the paintings from the context of their artistic intention, conceiving them as “material” in a fictive photo studio and recreating them. He resorts to these “models” to translate them into the language of fashion, nude and advertising photography, reading their body language and interaction in a way reminding of artists like Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Horst P. Horst or Herb Ritts – sensual and unexpected.

The images are accompanied by a text by Jean Galard reflecting this approach from an art historical and philosophical point of view.

The design of the book is based on the wish to create a box suggesting that it contains some artistic secret; bound in black silk, with a ribbon recalling lingerie, it reveals when opened a wine-red silky interior, similar to a boudoir, in which the book is resting, soft and velvety.

Authors

Catherine Bélanger

was PR lady of the Louvre from 1976 to 2007.  In this capacity, she organised exhibitions, photo shootings, and movie productions, an activity that earned her the surname “Madame Louvre”. She is a member of the “Club of the 100 most important women in France”.

Jean Galard

taught aesthetics at the Department of Philosophy of the University of São Paulo, and was cultural attaché of the French Institute in Casablanca, Istanbul, Mexico, and Amsterdam. In 1987, he established at the Louvre the cultural service charged to develop the frequentation of the museum and to enhance the level of awareness of its collections. He wrote numerous essays on subjects relating to the Louvre.

Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.