Vik Muniz

The sower, after Van Gogh, 2011

Chromogenic print (C-print)
From an edition of 50
signed and dated
26 2/5 x 20 inches (67x51 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
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Vik Muniz is a Brazilian artist, photographer and sculptor. He is famous for paying homage to famous old master’s paintings and celebrity portraits using unconventional materials such as sugar, chocolate syrup, dust, tomato sauce and diamonds to reproduce them. Muniz photographs those original and groundbreaking pieces, ultimately destroying them to ensure the photograph becomes the piece itself. Currently represented by Galeria Nara Roesler in New York and Brazil, his work enjoys critical and commercial success being exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world.

The Sower is inspired by the Vincent Van Gogh piece bearing the same name. Here, Muniz captures ‘the sower’ using the materials he was collecting – dried pieces of flower and twigs – to animate the figure. When photographed, the granularity of the materials is flattened, creating an image that appears as though it was created utilizing Van Gogh’s signature pointillism technique.

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