La beauté incessible – ‘non-transferable beauty’ – is based on the 2008 painting The End. Jan Van Imschoot drew inspiration for this work from the films of Luis Buñuel. Like the great Surrealist filmmaker, Van Imschoot plays with the boundaries between reality, imagination, memory and fantasy. We find ourselves in a cosy, bourgeois interior. Yet it is a disconcerting space because of the huge portrait of Catherine Deneuve who plays the leading roles in Buñuel’s Belle de Jour and Tristana. The portrait on the wall shows Deneuve in all her humanity, but also at a moment in which she gives form to her character’s deepest feelings. The Spanish-oriental bed is a nod to Buñuel, while the flowers, the fruit and the coffee table refer to Flemish Baroque still lifes – compositions that simultaneously allude to wealth, eroticism and transience.
Born in 1963 in Ghent, Jan Van Imschoot has been living and working in France since 2013. Jan Van Imschoot’s exploration of the possibilities offered by painting have resulted in a body of work that draws its power from highly critical and dramatic themes and contains references to countless artists, from Tintoret to Luc Tuymans, Goya to Matisse.