Acrylic paint on canvas, mounted on wood panels (2004)
This work of art exudes pure romance. The painting, over five separate canvases, represent a flight over a wooded landscape, enveloped in a light mist. It is a very stylised work which makes it easily accessible. The blue in the painting evokes an imaginary place that is airy and full of freedom. Jacques Bage found inspiration in the myth of Icarus, imagining how he would have seen the landscape while he ascended towards heaven. The line of sight guides us towards a distant horizon through the flooding light and the undulating valleys. The sky takes up more space than the landscape, precisely in order to give the impression of “flying over” the scene. The work of art is meant to contrast with the busy station in order to give the passer-by a feeling of tranquillity.
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JACQUES BAGE (Liège, 1942)
Born in Liège, Jacques Bage studied at the “Institut Saint- Luc” in Mons and specialised in painting and engraving at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Mons, and also in ceramics at Hornu. Since the middle of the 1970s, Jacques Bage has taken part in many different exhibitions. From time to time we can observe a more abstract element in Bage’s work, but his most recent paintings are more concrete, with nature as a source of inspiration, as it was at the beginning of his artistic career. The landscapes which he paints exude a hazy, misty atmosphere, in which shapes are substituted with coloured veils, whether they are clouds, trees or water movements. In many of his recent works, the colours are slightly more pure and contrasted, and are the result of carefully controlled brushstrokes.