I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT WE STILL HAVE HOMELESSNESS WHEN COUNTRIES ARE SPENDING 2% OF THEIR GDP ON DEFENSE. :( SANS ASILE (HOMELESS), 1883
Fernand Pelez (French, 1843 - 1913) "There already existed an established tradition of depicting homeless or beggar families in art.Pelez, however, brings a new level of pathos to the interpretation, which previously had been more romanticized.Indeed, in Sans Asile we see a haggard and exhausted mother, aged beyond her years, nursing a baby, surrounded by her four older children. Their clothing and blankets are thread-bare, their few possessions forming a still-life on the right side of the composition.Mother and son stare out at the viewer.The mother’s expression is one of blank, weary resignation; the young boy’s eyes flash resentment and defiance. To help drive the point home, they are ironically placed against a backdrop of advertisements proclaiming a Grande Fête and dancing.
The scene in Sans Asile cannot help but bring to mind the Naturalist writings of Émile Zola, especially his novel l’Assommoir, a story of poverty and desperation set in the working class neighborhoods of Paris in the 1870s. Pelez paints what Zola writes about. In memorializing the tragic plight of the less fortunate; his subjects become more than art, they become a social commentary charged by a realism that is raw and uncensored. Following Pelez’s death, a full-page tribute was published in The New York Sun. His ability to champion the cause of the poor and downtrodden was not lost on the author, who wrote: "In calling him the painter of tramps, outcasts, the unfortunate, the world does not rightly christen him. He was a mystic, he bestowed on beggars the purest, finest pictorial execution that dreams can conceive. His brush has wiped tears of unjust sorrow from the face of the unhappy" (The New York Sun, 1914)." gallery19c.com
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