Portraits, a psychologist's job
Portraitist ( for caricature, i don't know how to do it)
I like to give the personality and inner life of models back in my pictures.
My approach is always caring. A care sometimes tinged with humour.
A good portrait will spark three kind of reactions from the model :
— Happiness :
A portrait is a recognition of our deep personality, our particularities and integrity. If the realization is aesthetic, if the picture is fine, it will provoque a reaction of well-being.
— Embarrassment :
Modesty or shyness of the model can generate a feeling of discomfort, but often accompanied by a dose of pleasure. Because aesthetic pleasure can overcome many timidities.
— Anger :
A successful portrait will reveal hidden things, buried with more or less efficiency. A harsh
if not pathological personality can react with violence.
I choose my models amongst people i like, and who impressed me. In case of an order, i know my limits, so i ca decline an offer if i feel not able to do.
As for Simenon, i never read him.
A photo showed him sitting on a bench in Switzerland. His gaze fixed on the lens
seemed to say:
"Get out of my field of vision, disappear from my sight". His eyes froze me, I would not have liked to meet him. Such expressiveness made me want to represent him.
And then ... Maigret is emblematic of the postwar society, my parents lived in.