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Razvan Boar

Klein, 2011

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Lot 29
Oil on canvas
19.5 x 16.0 in (49.5 x 40.6 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on verso


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Razvan Boar thrives in depicting perplexing scenes with mysterious overtures. Here, his muted composition adds a haunting tone to a surreal portrait of celebrated French artist Yves Klein. Visible brushstrokes in white, black, and brown dominate the canvas. In the middle, Klein’s replicated and distorted portrait suggests an added depth and complexity to the famed artist’s personality.

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About Razvan Boar

Razvan Boar (Romanian, b. 1982) is a contemporary painter, draftsman and collage artist whose work presents an intriguing dichotomy between what is depicted on the pictorial space, and that which is not. Pinpointing feelings of alienation and anxiety, Boar’s work features bodies with parts obscured, disrupted or missing altogether, and composed in a semi-muted color palette that evokes vintage black-and-white photographs. Ranging from small-scale to large-scale, Boar’s work alternates between photorealism and varying degrees of abstraction, though the ambiguous world inhabited by the subjects is always unstable and unsettling. In 2011, Boar earned his MFA in painting from the National University of Art in Bucharest, Romania, where he continues to live and work.