Les Oubliées Anaïs Boudot . Pablo Picasso . Brassaï

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The Eyes Publishing, 2021. First edition.
Softcover, 80 pp., b/w and color illustrated 215 x 290 mm. Photographs by Antoine D´Agata. Text by Héloïse Conésa  (English). 

Almost a century later, at a time when young artists are coming back to ancient processes for contemporary expression, how can we reinterpret and extend this face-to-face encounter between the artist and the glass plate, its light and its material? In the same way, in an era that claims the place of women in the history of art, how can we question or shake up this so ordinary phenomenon of domination, whether it is the relationship to women of the artists themselves, or a certain form of resistance still today to place women artists at the heart of the creation.

Here Anaïs Boudot takes up this challenge, that of an artistic confrontation around the cliché under glass, as well as that of a response to the veil that has long been imposed on women artists. Anaïs Boudot has created a series of works on a set of anonymous glass plates from her collection, all of which represent female figures. A modernity in the materials, in the light as well as in the tone that both challenges and imposes itself in this vis-à-vis with Picasso and Brassaï.

Faced with these two sacred monsters of modern art, Anaïs Boudot responds to an invitation from The Eyes, by taking her own collection of anonymous faces on glass, to rework them with gelatin. Among these portraits of anonymous people from the 20s, 30s and 40s, women’s faces stand out. Where Picasso and Brassaï’s scratching of the gelatin is similar to a “surgical act much more intrusive to bring out the plasticity of the work”, Anaïs Boudot chooses gilding to restore these images of unknowns, to sublimate the image of these women, these muses so little considered by these masters and forgotten by the history of art. Anaïs Boudot’s work is part of this instinctive and experimental approach, that of making the invisible visible.

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