On behalf of The National Art Museum in Timișoara, we are pleased to
invite you for the opening reception of the first Frédéric Léglise sholo-show
in Romania. The exhibition Artist and the Model will accompany you through
four different periods of the artist's practice and aims to bring Frédéric Léglise's
work closer to the romanian public.
The opening reception will take place Thursday, 11th of July, 18.00 hours.

The exhibition will remain open until 15th of September 2019.

Love is a dog from hell

Charles Bukowski praised the female body throughout his writing and approached erotic relations through a prism of passion and madness. Inspired by his way of thinking, and using the borrowed title “Love is a dog from hell”, this exhibition aims to showcase the full spectrum of eroticism of women’s flesh. The female body as an object of desire, has always been a central subject in art and it has been depicted in all possible manners in every period of time. Today, Frissiras Museum presents 38 Greek and European artists from its collections, who have been dealing with the concept of female erotic nude, each of them in their own unique way. From realism to abstraction and from the most contemporary manifestations to the most personal narratives. Participating Artists Adam Christina, Antonopoulos Yiannis, Axente Teodora, Baharas Nikitas, Bouritsa Dimitra, Boviatsou Lambrini, Daoulas Konstantinos, De Heart Shahin, Fambris Georgia, Giannakaki Maria, Glowacka Viola, Guinazu Cristina Ruiz, Haack Simone, Kapezanou Stella, Kastori Kalli, Krontiri Afroditi, Ksiazek Bogumil, Leglise Frederic, Maratos Andreas, Michaelides Christos, Moraiti Eleni, Papadimitriou Nikos, Papavassiliou Christina, Pasieka Simon, Renaud Brann, Shi Xiang, Spyropoulos Giorgos, Stamatiadi Daniela, Szczekan Ewa, Teligioridou Ismini, Tsakni Despina, Tsolis Kostas, Ungureanu Mirela, Valsamaki Chrisa, Vaviloussakis Konstantinos, Veroucas Alexis, Wnek Grzegorz, Ziogas Yiannis



Frédéric Léglise

Self-portraits of My Shadows

Artists have always sought to represent themselves, but it was only at the beginning of the Renaissance in Europe, in the middle of the 15th century, that they placed their own image in the very heart of many of their works. At the very beginning of this journey, an awareness of self which is clarified by the assertion of artist’s power, appears. The self-portrait then becomes an essential element in various works of art, which brings an existential anxiety, doubt and the quest for identity of the artist in subject to light. Self-portrait is first and foremost the expression of an intimate knowledge. While each artist has his/her own goal and approach of creating self-portraits they all have something in common: a self-awareness that leads to an obsession.
Frédéric Léglise is obsessed with two subjects: women and himself. His self-portraits are an exploration of “under-represented” side of the artist, what he calls “his shadow side”. The starting point of these self-portraits was in 2001, while he was about to start a painting he noticed his shadow on the white canvas ; once he was repeatedly and constantly confronted with these silhouettes, he decided to draw and paint them as a series entitled "Self-Portraits of My Shadows”.
Leglise’s self-portraits go beyond an obsession and become a realisation of the artist's existence in his paintings of female models. What began as a simple monochrome drawing has changed tremendously during the last 18 years and has been presented in different techniques, sizes and approaches. Some drawn on the pages of books on impressionists masters and their look on female models, Frédéric Léglise's self-portraits are now a bridge between the artist's spirit and the look he shares with his models.
While painting several eyes on his self-portraits, Léglise evokes the idea that the painter does not paint what he sees but that he sees. The resulting image is less concerned with the physical likeness of the artist rather than the open display of his raw and internal emotions. Le Regard or Gaze in Léglise's self-portraits is not something someone has or use; it is rather the relationship in which someone enters. This "Me" and this "Look" that expresses itself through these works seeks to enlighten the artist's path for its viewer.
This exhibition aims to present the variety of artist’s self-portraits made during the last 18 years While launching the limited edition portfolio “Self-Portraits of My Shadows" published by Rezvan Projects. The restatements that Frederic Leglise has followed these past years has been a way of underlining his personal presence even when he is not the subject of the painting and for that reason his self-portraits have been an ideal raw material for a limited edition portfolio.
This exhibition is an effort to make the public aware of another aspect of the artist's work in order to show that these self-portraits are not opposed to his other paintings, but that they are an extension of his study of the female portrait, painted as a form of documentation of the artist’s path to what he thinks, how he thinks and what he creates.