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Realism and quest

Léonard de Vinci

Léonard de Vinci
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LEONARD DE VINCI, an intellect of universal breadth, had sensed better than any other in his era, the possibilities afforded to painting by scientific discoveries. Once the ways in which the human eye perceives had been recognized, it had been the generator of science and painting and had shown him where his objective lay: to set down on the surface of a canvas or other medium, that which the eye sees by means of the play of light and shade, the coloration of the skies, the movement within the landscape, etc... which would already allow the reproduction of the exterior appearance of physical nature or of human nature, to reconstruct in short this simple "reflection" to which the human eye is accustomed.

But as it is a question of an artificial operation, a fiction controlled by pictorial technique, it becomes possible to use this "reflection" as a carrier, and go still further. The pictorial work was thus becoming a privileged material filled with signs that the viewer had to perceive himself in order to go beyond the mere façade of an artificially reconstructed reality. The mission that LEONARDO DA VINCI assigned to painting could not be carried to its conclusion by the master himself, but it was left open to his successors.


See Wikipedia Kubrick 2001 a space odyssey and Wikipedia Yatrides

The gist of what YATRIDES said of "The effect produced by a painting" is to grasp the relation established between the painter who uses optical effects controlled by him, and the eyes of the viewer which apprise him of the "object" depicted on the canvas".

Presenting all the coloured elements on the same plane constitutes an act of aggression on the eye. Pictorial fiction consists in reproducing several levels by effects of transparency, opalescence, translucence, opaqueness, perspective and mass on the same flat surface. Thus, through the play of colours, a transparent blue laid on an opaque red is reconstituted by the brain, having received all this information, as purple. Furthermore, the purple, in this case, will be cold. It will be warm if a transparent red is laid over an opaque blue.

The Blue Portrait (The little mute Jewish girl)
65x54 cm, 1954 
Particular collection

The Portrait Screen
65x50 cm, 1980
Private Collection 

Englsh translation by Penelope Hamilton
Mail: (yatridès and his century)

Extracts from following documents and works
Official French Authorities : Government administrative Yatrides' biography" 

Arthur Conte : "Yatridès master of time" SGDL 04.03.1991 
Sacha Bourmeyster : "Yatridès and his century" , "Yatridès the painter of invisible reality" , "Yatridès anti-Picasso"SGDL24.03.1994, "Interstellars Icons" SGDL 31.03.1994, "Yatridès and the Bible" SGDL 30.10.96
Samuel E. Johnson : Biographic notes (International Galleries USA)
Monographic catalogues, Yatridès 1954-1993 : Exhibitions (USA permanently, Latin America, Switzerland, Greece, Paris, Provincial France) and Rétrospectives
Monographic catalogues, Yatridès in International Art Festivals :"Great Master Guest of honour" ("International Biennials Canada-France 1987-1989"), "Main Master Guest of honour" ("International Biennials Canada 1988"), "Great Master Guest of Honour" ("International Biennials Vichy, Riom Mozac (Duke's cities), Quebec 1991-1993"), Grand Maître invité d'Honneur
Monographic catalogues, Yatridès : "Main Master guest of Honour" (France, specially Montmorency residential City)
Schools of Painting Events, USA : "Masters of Modern Art 1910-1960" (Special mention in "Watercolors, Gouaches, Pastels and Drawings from the Cubist, Post-Impressionist, Expressionist and Surrealist Schools 1910-1960"), "Drawings and Watercolors 1900-1959" (Art Event following this held by the American Ambassy in Paris (Musée de l'Orangerie, winter 1958-1959 : "From Clouet to Matisse" - Drawings in American Private Collections"), "Specialists in XXth Century Masters" (Special mention in "Collector's Choice").
University theses "The painter outside the tumult" (Sciences et Télécommunications Masters', MSTC Universities Grenoble III 1981), "Public Relations and communications techniques in the service of Painting -Yatridès" (Lehodey-Dissertation mémoire 402 pages, 1983 - School of Press Attachés, Founder and Managing director : Denis Huismans)
Films et videos : "Yatridès, paintings rails of sky" (Sacré-Coeur Montmartre Paris, Provideo S.A. 1981), "Yatridès the painter outside the tumult" ("René Char" Provideo S.A. 1983), " Yatridès' Art" (Version Originale S.A. 1985), "Germany, Poland, Russia" 1984.
Full-length films : Yatrides' work has fascinated film-makers, movie-directors, semiologists, among the best of our time :
Jean Delannoy and Marcel Carné famed french movie Directors, film-Makers. But given the state of his health and his circumstances, Yatridès will be unable to take a decision about their proposals. After 1968, Arthur c. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick will show in their full-length film the metaphysical amplitude of the monoliths Yatridès plates. Yatrides did not claim any intellectual property rights on the substance and form, arguments of this film that marked our time. See this site, in his "life": "entourage". In his "work": "Plates of Yatridès" and "the interstellar icons." 
Yatrides -Kubrick : the interstellar Yatridès plates, substance and driving force of "2001: Space Odyssey". See "His work": "Yatridès-Kubrick". 
Miles Millar : Present days : "Georges YATRIDES is the apotheosis of a Master in terms of artistry (...) His body of work is ethereal, not only aesthetically, but in his innate ability to harness the metaphysical aspect of our nature. He is an absolute in the incessant redefining and evolving anatomy of contemporary art and a gift to all of us. The power of this man's vision is everlasting (...) I was enraptured by the dexterity of his mind (...). Georges Yatrides' work is awe-inspiring and rightfully deserves the position it will take in our collective history, he is a true craftsman of the intangible" : Miles MILLAR, February 17, 2009