Georges Poncet



After studying plastic arts, Georges Poncet turns to photography. Passionate about painting and sculpture, he chose to photograph works of art. Since 1997, he has been the official photographer at the Louvre, where he memorizes the museum's Egyptian antiquities.

His other specialty: the essentiel works of contemporary art. His work on (and for) Soulages has been widely noticed.

Georges Poncet is also an artist photographer. He applies the Sfumato to photography.

An innovation of Leonardo da Vinci in painting, the Sfumato consists in obtaining a mist by superimposing color. It is described by Leonardo da Vinci as "without line or contours, like smoke or beyond the focal plane."

This blurring of the lines questions the very meaning of photography: isn't it supposed to give us an objective truth, to present us with a clear and sharp image?

Poncet's work ansews the question: his photos are the emotional trace of a look. Art, like life, is a superposition of feelings...

Beyond the technique - singular and of a great mastery - Poncet operates a fascinating mise en abyme. He chooses key works of art history, which are familiar to us in their iconic beauty, and photographs them "beyond the focal plane". We recognize them immediately, we look at them differently: in the fog of contours emerge feelings, sensation, mysteries invisible to the naked eye.


George Poncet, born in 1951 in Lyon, France, is a distinguished French photographer known for his expertise in capturing artworks, particularly Egyptian antiquities at the Louvre since 1997. His portfolio also includes contemporary artists such as Pierre Soulages, Cy Twombly, John Chamberlain, and Paul Wallach.


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