The Orsay Museum suggested that Julian Schnabel should choose a painting from the 19th century in the permanent exhibition and show his own works next to them. The famous American artist and film director "laid eyes" on works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Cezanne.
The exhibition “Orsay through the eyes of Julian Schnabel” includes 13 paintings belonging to the museum and 11 works by the director over the past 40 years. Some of them are created from broken plates, the other - from not less strange materials like tarpaulin or black velvet.
The earliest product on display is the large-scale Blue Naked with a Sword (1979). This is the first figurative, not an abstract picture that Schnabel made from broken dishes. It hangs next to a much more compact canvas by Cezanne, "Smothered woman" (1875 - 1876), which is made in the same red-white-blue palette.
The most recent work at the exhibition - fragments of dishes painted with roses and leaves. This picture Schnabel created in 2017, inspired by a visit to the grave of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris.
The first film in the career of Julian Schnabel became a biopic "Basquiat" (1996), in which the title role played Jeffrey Wright, and Andy Warhol played David Bowie. And the most titled tape at the moment is “The Suit and the Butterfly” (2007) about Jean-Dominique Boby, editor of the ELLE magazine, who at the age of 43 was bedridden. This film received an award for best direction at the 60th Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globe in a similar nomination, and Schnabel himself was nominated for an Oscar.