Victor Rubin, Burning Glory I, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 152 x 122cm. Courtesy of the artist and Fox Galleries, Melbourne.
‘It’s the fire of the century”, was artist Victor Rubin’s first reaction to the images of the Notre-Dame de Paris alight on 15 April 2019. To see this historic structure, built as a liber pauperum or poor people’s book in the 12th century, consumed in a devastating blaze was quite a sight.
Rubin was shocked and in a passionate response immediately started creating drawings of the Cathedral on fire. He completed his first painting in Points to View within days. He knew exactly how to render the scene. In 1990 he had spent the best part of a year at the Moira Dyring Studio in the Hotel de Ville on the Ile St Louis, Cite International des Arts, a stone’s throw from Notre Dame. In Points To View, the artist masterfully renders the 2019 fire of Notre-Dame as a symbol of the times we are living in.
Exhibition opens: 5–7pm Saturday 3 August 2019