The ease and the clichés would like us to oppose the delicacy of art to the brutality of rugby.
But, on closer inspection, these two have a lot in common.
The best placed to talk about it is undoubtedly Rémy Grosso, former winger for Castres Olympique and Clermont, five selections in the French team, and of which a handful of paintings are exhibited at the Jean-Bouin stadium on the occasion of this exhibition.
“Of course, rugby is a sport of confrontation, of combat, a priori very far from painting, explains the player.
But, in both, we find artistic gestures, the finesse of a beautiful pass, for example.
I have the feeling of having rubbed shoulders on the lawns with players who were real artists ”.
Rémy Grosso in front of the paintings by Reyol Enjoy exhibited at Jean-Bouin.
At 32, Rémy Grosso draws whenever he can, including during courses he is currently taking to become a coach.
"Often, if I have a pen in my hands, I scribble on a piece of paper at the same time."
This autodidact, who can paint for up to six or seven hours a day, is often inspired by the stories of the people he will draw: “I have just finished a picture for a friend who asked me to paint a portrait of his grandmother.
She sent me three pages of text.
I really immersed myself in his life.
This is what motivates me.
The same goes for the acrylic portrait of Christophe Dominici which is exhibited here.
I have been interested for a long time in his personal journey and his sporting career.
I have always admired this player.
I loved him, I loved watching him play when I was little.
"Convey what I felt as an emotion when I went to the stadium"
The face of "Domi" suddenly disappeared a year ago, his exploits in the Stade Français jersey often come back, depending on the exhibition. On the canvases we also find snapshots of matches: touches, tackles, scrums, worn crampons… All of this often tinged with pink.
A color and a material that Violaine Abbatucci, watercolorist living in the Var, had to learn to tame. “It was a challenge for me. I am not at all from the rugby world. Usually I paint more of the interiors of bistros, cafes, urban areas, cities ... There I did not want to simply look at photos or videos on the Internet for inspiration, I went to see rugby matches for soak up the atmosphere, I got interested in objects. I wanted to convey what I felt as an emotion when I went to the stadium. Afterwards, for me, the difficulty was to go pink! I never paint in pink, I had no tubes. I went to buy lots of them. At first it made me feel weird, but in the end it's not bad…
This exhibition, in gestation for two years, many times postponed due to health restrictions linked to Covid-19, will remain in place until the end of the season. The works exhibited are all for sale there, a way of supporting the artists after the delicate period they went through between coronavirus and confinement, where places of cultivation were closed, exhibitions and openings impossible to organize. 10% of sales will be donated to the Ruban Rose association, which raises awareness of breast cancer screening and supports research in this area.
Art Exhibition (s) & Essays
(Jean-Bouin stadium, 9 avenue Charles Brennus - Entrance Gate A - 75016 Paris)
open to the public this Monday, November 29th from 17:30 to 19:30
Mandatory health pass.
Last admissions at 7 p.m.