Jaume Plensa

The True Portrait

April 29 — May 22, 2021
Online only

Galerie Lelong & Co. is pleased to present “The True Portrait” an online-only exhibition gathering recent sculptures and works on paper by Jaume Plensa, with a text by Catherine Millet.

Jaume Plensa in his studio. Photo: © Inés Baucells
Jaume Plensa in his studio. Photo: © Inés Baucells

"It is rare for anyone to take up the risky art of portraiture nowadays, in the era of the selfie and Facebook. Far from the more or less grimacing snapshots swallowed up at once in the maelstrom of the Internet, Jaume Plensa’s aim is, however, precisely to create true portraits, faces that go beyond physical appearance, that make it possible to intuit the person behind the façade and that endow him or her with lasting presence. (...)

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Jaume Plensa
Lara in Green

2019
Bronze, edition of 5
210 x 110 x 108 cm (823/4 x 431/3 x 422/3 in)
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Jaume Plensa
Martina's world

2021
Marble
190 x 64 x 76 cm (75 x 251/4 x 30 in)
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Sculptors have fewer means than painters to make the personality of their model manifest. They cannot so easily transcribe the expression of the eyes, traditionally regarded as the "mirror of the soul." Plensa's first, splendid idea is to ask his models to keep their eyes shut while being photographed. As a result, the closed eyelids and impenetrable expressions of these women, wrapped up in the depths of their thoughts, convey the sense of an inner life far better than most animated images. The second, magnificent idea is to select very young people whose features do not yet bear the stigmata of life, whose personality is still being born. We are therefore not in the presence of a personality that asserts itself-as in the large drawings of the early 2000s, which present physical types, ethnically distinct and highly eloquent faces-but must on the contrary pay the utmost attention to almost imperceptible signs and hints of expression. The personality of the women of the future barely shows through in these pretty faces with calm, regular features." —Catherine Millet From “Jaume Plensa, Sculptor of Images” in Jaume Plensa One Thought Fills Immensity, Skira, 2019. Transl. Paul Metcalfe

Jaume Plensa
Study for Carla

2020
Bronze, Edition of 8
56 x 15 x 23 cm (22 x 6 x 9 in)

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Jaume Plensa
Study for Minna

2020
Bronze, Edition of 8
56 x 15 x 22 cm (22 x 6 x 83/4 in)

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Jaume Plensa
Suite Paris II

2019
Mixed media on paper
100 x 63 cm (391/2 x 243/4 in)
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Jaume Plensa
Suite Paris VI

2019
Mixed media on paper
100 x 63 cm (391/2 x 243/4 in)
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Jaume Plensa
Suite Paris XI

2019
Mixed media on paper
100 x 63 cm (391/2 x 243/4 in)
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Jaume Plensa
Suite Paris XIII

2019
Mixed media on paper
100 x 63 cm (391/2 x 243/4 in)
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Jaume Plensa
Suite Paris XIV

2019
Mixed media on paper
100 x 63 cm (391/2 x 243/4 in)
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Jaume Plensa
Suite Paris XVI

2019
Mixed media on paper
100 x 63 cm (391/2 x 243/4 in)
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