The Côte d’Azur, with its coastline, colourful bathing costumes and summery character, is a recurring decor and source of inspiration in Martial Raysse’s work. The landscape of Nice formed the idyllic setting for Conversation printanière (1964), as well as his early assemblages, like Raysse Beach (1962) for example, which were imbued with seaside views, under a neon sun and to the beat of The Beach Boys. Ici Plage, comme ici bas (2012) is a large panel painted in the manner of a historical painting but in acidic, almost electric sienna hues that reinvent the frieze compositions of the primitive masters. In this utopian landscape, stretching from the Montagne Sainte-Victoire to the city and the coast, a crowd of people—all of humanity seems to be represented in the manner of a carnival crowd, either blessed or damned—is visible from the background to the foreground, where they burst forth like an Adoration of the Magi or an infernal cortège from the Quattrocento. On a stretch of shore, between two bodies of water, fresh and saltwater, we see a fuchsia-coloured lifebuoy, which adds yet another layer to this enigmatic representation that unfolds before the intrigued but disturbed viewer.
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