The Montrouge Hearts
September 27 – October 27, 2023
Each: Oil on linen, 25-1/2″ x 21-1/4″ x 1″ (65 x 54 x 2.54 cm)
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Close to the Heart – Jim Dine’s Lifelong Connection to the Heart Motif
Jim Dine’s love affair with the heart began in 1965 when he designed the sets for the San Francisco Actor’s Workshop’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a student he had seen a series of red hearts on white backgrounds which inspired him to design a heart-shaped swing with a red cushion suspended from a silver chain for the character Puck. From that time, the heart became “a universal symbol that I could put paint onto” and “as good a structure geographically as any I could find in nature. It is a kind of landscape and within that landscape I could grow anything, and I think I did.” (Dine, Paris Reconnaissance, Steidl, Göttingen, 2018)
It is our privilege to present this series of heart paintings which Dine created for our gallery at his studio in Montrouge, Paris.