Elger Esser

Nocturnes à Giverny

Elger Esser

Nocturnes à Giverny

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Edition Size:
21.1 x 26.4 cm (8.3 x 10.3 in)
Signed and numbered

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About the Artwork

Esser’s „Giverny“ Series depict Monet’s famous garden from a different angle than what we are used to see, exploring the common visual memory of this place and deconstructing it by taking the images to a level of abstraction where the place itself becomes almost unrecognizable.

"Landscapes are like states of mind. Everyone carries a landscape within them, one they naturally idealize."

Elger Esser

“Nocturnes à Giverny”, from the original large-scale “Giverny VII”, is a view of the famous water lily lake at sunset, shortly before nightfall. With its warm golden-red colors, it evokes a romantic atmosphere.  However, this atmosphere is obliterated by the level of extreme abstraction Esser takes the image to. With its extremely low skyline, barely visible through the reflection of the trees in the lake, and with the strong contrast of almost black shadows and reflections against the golden water, this image is an unsettling deconstruction of any romantic topic of the water lily lake.

About the Artist

German photographer Elger Esser (born 1967 in Stuttgart, raised in Rome) is known for his silent, almost meditative large-format landscapes. Although a student of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Esser nevertheless backed away from their characteristic industrial and architectural landscapes to pursue the exploraiton of nature.

About the printing Technique

"C-print" stands for chromogenic colour print - a technique using silver-based chromogenic paper, which is light sensitive.