Sylvain Vigny - Rediscovering a talent
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Between all Modern artists we deal with, we have the pleasure of representing the collection of a highly underrated artist so far, Sylvain Vigny. Born Austrian, his works are now mainly present in French collections and his name is already known to auction houses throughout Continental Europe. Yet, commercially speaking, his luck has vanished during the 80's, probably due to the trend in supporting abstract modern and contemporary art rather than figurative one.
This is why, buying a painting by Sylvain Vigny represents a great deal that brings value for money. But what do I mean by value in art?
Certainly I am not speaking about intrinsic value, which cannot be quantified, but aesthetic value.
Vigny's works, with its strong brush strokes are charged with pathos and mystery; in his landscapes we find seated figures on the seaside, groups of men walking with apparent no direction as a hint of uncertainty towards the future and a particular yet disturbing choice of colors. Dark skies and mud-coloured seas are a surrealistic representation of reality, which takes us in parallel worlds of immagination made of distress and anxiety.
The beauty in these works resides in the power they emanate, the dark charge of mystery that surrounds the canvas and the thick layer of oil applied on it.
Other interesting works include a depiction of the Holy Family, with Renaissance poses and construction, where he decided to give a radical impact to the eye with a strong yellow background and pencil drawed faces.
In my opinion, though, the real deal when discussing Sylvain Vigny comes with his portraits. In la Jeune Femme, one of his most enigmatic works, he proves his ability with different medias such as pastel, watercolor and oil. The result is astonishing; the canvas is enriched with the depth given by the different media and the profile of the young lady is characterised by the gentle effect given by the pastel to the face, which contrasts the strong features of her hat and dress, painted with oil.
This is Sylvain Vigny 'Mona Lisa', stated an old article found in his biography; her expression, so melancholic and gentle, remains a mystery to the viewers. A truly impressive work.
Concluding this post, I would like to underline that despite Sylvain Vigny's legacy remains underrated and unstudied yet, his ability to impress is powerful.In his works, the uncertainty and turbolence of existance is shown in all its substance. His portraits, charged with melancholy and stillness, are interesting witnesses of an artist, which artistic essence is a statement of quality.