Annik Le Page
Annik Le Page’s work has always been closely linked to the female cause. The beauty and grace of her subjects are evident yet one senses a certain restraint. Le Page looks to represent women who advance themselves through means other than their physical attributes. Using traditional oil paint combined with mortar (sand), her technique conveys a sense of serenity and strength in a Modern World. This results in a total mastery of her craft.
“I immediately felt painting to be the direct transcription of the inner to the outer, from the unconscious to reality” she said. To the question as to why there are only women in her paintings she replied “Because I have cast myself into my art, but also because in Contemporary Art, women have changed place, position and status”. Her portraits represent this new woman caught between two contradictions: her femininity and her paradoxical refusal to charm.