nicolas velter

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In tribute to American artist Edward Hopper, Nicolas Velter creates a nocturnal view that synthesises both his attraction to photography and to painting and assemblage. Master of staging, he is inspired by the oils on canvas of the realistic painter who was attentive to social change and expressed, through his work, the nostalgia of a by-gone America as well as the contrast between nature and the modern world. Created in 2010 in Brussels, Miniature #1 reworks his most famous painting, Nighthawks dating from 1942 and representing figures in a diner on New York’s Greenwich Avenue. Given his gift for composition and modelling, Nicolas Velter succeeds in conveying the calm of the theatrical and illusory setting of the painting, plunging us into the intimacy of the bar as well as the silence of the street. A few new elements appear in the photograph, leaving spectators free to interpret the scene according to their imagination.

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Edward Hopper was attentive to social transformations and expressed the nostalgia of a bygone America throughout his œuvre, as well as the contrast between nature and the modern world. Created in 2010, this photograph reworks his most famous painting, Nighthawks dating from 1942 and representing characters in a diner on New York’s Greenwich Avenue, immersing us in the intimacy of the  bar as well as the silence of the street.

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