Sketch I, 2006


Olivier Mosset

Acrylic on cotton duck
900 x 1400 cm overall, 7 panels

© 2006, Olivier Mosset

Image copyright Stefan Altenburger

How did he choose the colour? This is a nice way to ask something. The colour might have chosen me…

For Sketch I, Mosset painted four yellow and three brown panels, each nine metres high – the biggest paintings he has ever done. How did he choose the colour? "This is a nice way to ask something. The colour might have chosen me…," Mosset has said, somewhat enigmatically. The possibilities of painting have been at the heart of his work. As he puts it: "I have problems with painting and I have problems painting them, and it's the fact that I am not happy that makes me go on…."

For this commission, though, Mosset was mindful before he started about who it was for: "The situation here is a bit special because it's a public situation, which means that some people who are not interested in seeing artwork, have to look at it, or pass by it; so you have a responsibility that you don’t have in a museum."

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