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About the WorkIn 2008, a select collection of Philippe Bertho's most popular paintings were chosen for lithographic reproduction. Each image is exemplary of Bertho's trademark trompe l'oeil and Pop style, liberally sprinkled with his unique sense of humor and take on modern society.
The esteemed Art-Lithographies, Paris worked directly with the artist to painstakingly recreate the images in miniature and hand-pulled each in an edition of 395. Each lithograph is hand-signed by the artist.
Culture Machine, Ego Woman, La Madone, Life Box 2, Madness, Non Sens, Pop Fiction and Tchéguéso Love 2 comprise the complete collection of 8 images. Tchéguéso Love 2 is a 9 x 9 -image size and 21.75 x 22 -inch framed hand signed lithograph on paper.
About the Artist
Philippe Bertho is classically trained having enrolled in art school in Reims, France in the early 1990s. There, he spent considerable time studying decorative trompe l’oeil painting. Tromp l’oeil (“to fool the eye”) is a technique used by artists to create the illusion of a 3rd dimension on a flat surface. It is obvious from Bertho’s artwork that he fools much more than the eye…he draws one in by the heart and also quite frequently by the funny bone. Despite his ability to perfectly render reproductions of masterworks, Bertho was drawn to the world of fantasy and illusion. As his style developed, he drew inspiration from renowned contemporary trompe-l’oeil artist, Jacques Poirier. In his early work, Bertho exhibited ingenuity by including unusual materials in his paintings. Employing objects that other’s found useless – corrugated iron, rusted metal boxes, old light bulbs – he was fascinated with his ability to bring his art alive by creating dimension – either by the addition of these items directly onto his canvas or later through the technique of trompe l’oeil.