In 1946, Édith Piaf first sang “La vie en rose” in front of an audience. The song tells how love, like a beloved person, makes the whole life appear in the color of roses. Piaf’s song expresses the overwhelming longing that after the war, after occupation, persecution and resistance, there will be happiness again, trust, closeness and devotion. But “La vie en rose” is not only optimistic and love-drunk, but also permeated with a quiet melancholy, with the knowledge of the illusion and the end of every happiness, with the inevitability of grief, parting and loss.
The exhibition “La vie en rose” explores this ambiguity of colors and feelings in painting. Flowers and blossoms are a preferred subject for this in art. They symbolize the overwhelming and mysterious beauty of nature. At the same time, they are charged with poetry and meanings and can express emotions and fantasies without having to say a word, and the variety of their forms challenges the creativity and virtuosity of the artists.
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