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Coinciding with his 'Rail Car' sculpture unveiling at Château La Coste, Bob Dylan’s exceptional first painting exhibition in France, 'Drawn Blank in Provence' presents the artist’s work in a new context, highlighting novel aspects of Dylan’s artistic practice.
Infused with the radiant light of Provence and displayed in Château La Coste’s Renzo Piano-designed art gallery, this exhibition presents...

Infused with the radiant light of Provence and displayed in Château La Coste’s Renzo Piano-designed art gallery, this exhibition presents 23 unseen canvases from The Drawn Blank Series, an important collection of Bob Dylan’s work created between 2007-2009

Capturing passing snapshots of life on the road, anonymous figures and hidden-away places, the paintings are based on images sketched by Dylan, reflecting his travels in Europe and America between 1989-1991. The diverse scenes – still-life, landscape, cityscape, seascape, or portrait – are enlivened with Dylan’s varied perspectives and bursts of intense, piercing colour. Compositions of earthy tones alongside soaring blues unite select groupings of paintings, irrespective of subject matter.

As art historian Joachim Pissarro describes, within this ‘Dylan-esque entanglement of forms and colours, allusions to the art historical canon echo from his canvases’. Works by some of the most important Impressionist and modern artists, including Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall, are exhibited here opposite Dylan’s canvases to shine light on some of his artistic inspirations. 

A focus display of one of Dylan’s large-scale triptych landscapes, created in 2021, is also installed in the Richard Rogers Drawing Gallery until 5th June, to run alongside the unveiling of Rail Car.

'Tragedy and comedy both would be the twin pillars of all the thoughts, feelings, and opinions in any one of my paintings. Basically, all my paintings, or songs for that matter, are borrowed from the great shared history of consciousness. Whatever I do it usually begins there.'
Bob Dylan, 2022

Bob Dylan at Château La Coste

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Drawn Blank in Provence | Paul Green in conversation with Joachim Pissarro, Art Historian and Curator

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'Amplified by the radiance of Provence, Bob Dylan’s 2022 exhibition at Château La Coste reactivates the artist’s aesthetic and poetic imaginary forces in kinship with several twentieth-century artists, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso chief among them, both having resided in the south of France for decades.'
Joachim Pissarro, Art Historian and Curator, 2022

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