Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 180 - 23 October 2021

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 532

Jean-Michel Folon (Belgium / 1934 - 2005)
Le secret (1999)


€ 120 000 - 150 000

"Folon. La mia Firenze" Marilena Pasquali, Noèdizioni, Firenze 2005, cf. p. 87 ill.
"Folon. Sculpturen" Ed. Snoeck, Ghent 2008, cf. p. 156-159 ill.
Gal. Guy Pieters, Knokke


Jean Michel Folon's iconic gentleman wearing a hat and a long coat welcomes us like an old friend. His familiar appearance seems a pictogram that is part of our collective memory. We can bump into him anywhere, because he is always on the move. To where? Who's to say ...

The slightly eccentric fellow is always sitting on a bench, walking in the park, watching the birds, sitting on the beach with his feet in the sea. Folon makes sturdy sculptures in solid bronze. After all, they have to be resistant. They are not intended to stand in a dusty museum hall, but to interact with nature and the elements. The sculptures defy wind and weather, sun and rain, sea and forest.

The strolling dreamer pauses and stares into the distance. Only in frontal view does it become clear that there is more going on. It is absurd to see that, while holding the sides of his coat, the entire figure's body splits in two from top to bottom. A dark cavity is revealed. The man opens his inside to the outside world.

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