The Tattooed Hill

Red Alpilles
1978
Aquatint, etching and engraving on copper
57 x 76 cm.
FNAC 35371
Centre national des arts plastiques
Red Alpilles 1978 Aquatint, etching and engraving on copper 57 x 76 cm. FNAC 35371 Centre national des arts plastiques

Red Alpilles
1978
Aquatint, etching and engraving on copper
57 x 76 cm.
FNAC 35371
Centre national des arts plastiques

In 1951, Mario Prassinos and his wife Yollande moved to Eygalières in the south of Avignon. The immovable model he encountered every time he stepped out of the house, this self-tattooed hill took Prassinos under his spell. The struggle he experienced as he worked on the hill ink drawings contained both an inner conversation and questioning for Prassinos, culminating in the striking Alpilles series that, at times, attained a calligraphic nature with the artist’s brush dipped in ink.

Alpilles 5 July 1972 Chinese ink on Arches vellum 100 x 150 cm. FNAC 35288 Centre national des arts plastiques

Alpilles
5 July 1972
Chinese ink on Arches vellum
100 x 150 cm.
FNAC 35288
Centre national des arts plastiques

“I made the blind, the deaf, and the mute speak. I covered it with images. Our relationship grew closer with each passing year. Each chaos became a battlefield between its obsessive spectacle and my zeal for giving it life. Each one of its fissures, shrubs that grew over the years, the tears that became imperceptibly deeper were points and runs, ink and paper, and the hill became an immense drawing of mine. Of my own.” (1983)

Mario Prassinos, In Pursuit of an Artist: Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul” exhibition can be seen until August 14!

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