Bernard Faucon - Le départ - Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
Le départ - Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson photograph
1978, printed 2006
23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 3/5 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Le Champ de Bataille
Bernard Faucon
Le Champ de Bataille
Fresson Photograph
1978, Printed Later
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 5/20 on print verso.

Bernard Faucon - Le dormeur, Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
Le dormeur, Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson Photograph
1980, printed 2005
23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 3/10 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - L'Automate
Bernard Faucon
L'Automate
Fresson Photograph
1984, Printed Later
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 4/10 on verso

Bernard Faucon - Le Verre cassé
Bernard Faucon
Le Verre Cassé, Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson photograph
Executed in 1979, Printed 2005
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 18/40 on print verso.

Bernard Faucon - La Caleche
Bernard Faucon
La Caleche
Fresson Photograph
1978, Printed 2005
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and # 2/10 on verso

Bernard Faucon - Le goûter des rois
Bernard Faucon
Le goûter des rois
Fresson photograph
Executed in 1978, Printed 2006
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 17/40 on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Le Magicien, Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
Le Magicien, Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson Photograph
1979, printed later
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 1/10 on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Le Funambule
Bernard Faucon
Le Funambule
Fresson Photograph
1977, Printed 2006
12 x 11 3/4 Inches

Signed, titled, and editioned '6/40' in multicolored pencil on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Au cabanon, Pierre et Cyril endormis
Bernard Faucon
Au cabanon, Pierre et Cyril endormis
Fresson Photograph
1987, printed 2013
20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 2/3 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Le filet, Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
Le filet, Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson Photograph
1979
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 3/10 on verso. Execution date and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Chez Tatie
Bernard Faucon
Chez Tatie, Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson Photograph
1980, Printed 2007
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered # 6/10 on verso

Bernard Faucon - Le petit déjeuner - Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
Le petit déjeuner - Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson photograph
Executed in 1977, printed 2014
12 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 9/20 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Les Jumelles
Bernard Faucon
Les Jumelles
Fresson Photograph
1978, Printed 2005
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 3/10 on print verso.Print made 2005 in Paris

Bernard Faucon - Le navire - Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
Le navire - Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson photograph
Executed in 1979, printed 2013
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 7/10 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - La photo de Tournier
Bernard Faucon
La photo de Tournier
Fresson Photograph
1978, printed 2014
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 6/10 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Autoportrait dans le miroir - Les Temps d'Avant
Bernard Faucon
Autoportrait dans le miroir - Les Temps d'Avant
Fresson Photograph
c. 1967/68, printed 2014
20 1/4 x 20 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 2/3 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Parco I
Bernard Faucon
Parco I
Fresson Photograph
1987, Printed 1987
24 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 3/10 on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Siesta Apres un Festin de Melons
Bernard Faucon
Siesta Apres un Festin de Melons
Fresson Photograph
1987, Printed Later
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, dated and numbered # 2/5 on verso

Bernard Faucon - Pierre Sur le Balancoire
Bernard Faucon
Pierre Sur le Balancoire
Fresson Photograph
1967, Printed 2004
19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 1/3 on verso

Bernard Faucon - Diabolo Menthe
Bernard Faucon
Diabolo Menthe
Fresson Photograph
1980, Printed 2004
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 9/40 on verso.

Bernard Faucon - L’enfant qui vole - Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
L’enfant qui vole - Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson photograph
1979, printed 2013
12 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 14/40 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Les Amis
Bernard Faucon
Les Amis
Fresson Photograph
1978, Printed 2000
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 5/40 on print verso

Bernard Faucon - Les Hautes Herbes
Bernard Faucon
Les Hautes Herbes
Fresson Photograph
1977, Printed 2000
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 2/10 on print verso

Bernard Faucon - La piscine de Saint Saturnin - Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
La piscine de Saint Saturnin - Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson photograph
1977, printed 2005
23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 4/10 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Gulliver - Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
Gulliver - Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson photograph
1979, printed 1999
23 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 1/10 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Bataille de Boules de Neige
Bernard Faucon
Bataille de Boules de Neige
Fresson Photograph
1978, Printed 2005
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 1/5 on print verso.Print made 2005 in Paris

Bernard Faucon - Ronde de Jour
Bernard Faucon
Ronde de Jour
Fresson Photograph
1978, Printed 2005
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 4/10 on print verso.Print made 2005 in Paris

Bernard Faucon - L'arrivée - Les Grandes Vacances
Bernard Faucon
L'arrivée - Les Grandes Vacances
Fresson photograph
1978, printed 2008
11 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 7/40 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Le Tracteur
Bernard Faucon
Le Tracteur
Fresson Photograph
1977, Printed 1998
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and edition # 1/10 on print verso

Bernard Faucon - Les ballons - Évolution Probable du Temps
Bernard Faucon
Les ballons - Évolution Probable du Temps
Fresson photograph
Executed in 1983, printed 2013
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 19/40 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Chambre des images - Évolution Probable du Temps
Bernard Faucon
Chambre des images - Évolution Probable du Temps
Fresson Photograph
1976, printed 2014
11 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches

Signed, titled, and numbered 2/10 on verso. Execution and print dated and location (Paris) on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Le Coffre
Bernard Faucon
Le Coffre
Fresson Photograph
1978, Printed Later
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 5/10 on verso.

Bernard Faucon - Les Fils de Laine
Bernard Faucon
Les Fils de Laine
Fresson Photograph
1979, Printed 2003
23 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 2/10 on print verso.Print made 2003 in Paris

Bernard Faucon - Pierre Dans le Dortoir
Bernard Faucon
Pierre Dans le Dortoir
Fresson Photograph
1974, Printed 2004
19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned # 1/3 on verso

Bernard Faucon was one of the first photographers to master the constructed image creating photographic mise en scène that convincingly distort reality. His series Les Grandes Vacances composed in the late 1970s became pioneering subjective reality photographs that would push the genre to the forefront in the 1980s. Faucon’s method in this enigmatic and nostalgic series was to employ both mannequins and sometimes actual children to create intricate staged scenes that reflect playful, yet ominous situations from an idyllic childhood. These scenes are dreamlike, but are not entirely innocent. The unusually memorable and striking compositions subtly evoke heightened feelings and emotions, which could be linked to memories of viewers’ own childhoods. Commenting on his initial inspiration for the series, Faucon says, “The idea of fabricating fictions, the idea of a possible equation between photography and the dummies, struck me quite out of the blue. Childhoods made of flesh and plaster, the many lights of the Luberon, the nostalgia and actuality of desires, crystallized together through the magical operation of the photographic record. The power to fix, eternalize in light, attest to the world the perfection of an instant.”

Of a later series entitled, Les Chambres d’amour composed during the 1980s, he says, “These images are the heart of my personal strategy.” Faucon seems to reflect a desire to express his own interiority through the creation of these chambres. Yet the mystery still remains, for he never directly reveals the true meaning of his enigmatic work. In 1995, he stopped taking pictures. “One way or another,” the artist declared, “I had to eventually make true my claim to finish, my obsession with closing. This became the series The End Of The Image.” Faucon chose to develop his photographs using the highly exclusive and controlled method of color printing known as Fresson printing. This method of printing produces an image that is characteristically diffused and subtle making it one of the most painterly of photographic processes considering the colors are each applied separately and seem to float one atop another. It is also considered to be the most archival and stable of any color processes used today.

Born in Southern France in 1950, Faucon is not only a conceptual photographer, but also a poet and philosophical writer. He attended Sorbonne University in Paris until 1973, receiving a degree in philosophy. The highly influential art dealer Leo Castelli was the first to introduce Faucon’s work in the United States followed by his soaring popularity in Asia. He has had over 200 solo exhibitions featuring his contemporary fine art and has published several books. Faucon’s work is included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Maison Européenne de la Photographie among many others.

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