Themes


Bullfighting


Finally, the other theme often recurring in Charles Bataille paitings is the art of handling the Taurus or 'tauromachism'. This strange comparison is just a pretext... The artist is already a movement and colour admirer. So the 'luminous' clothing and the bullfighting poses are his favourite supports. These images of the bull galloping in the arena like a choreography to deliberately avoid representing the really savage tragedy without denigrating it although unfamiliar to him. But this is straightforwardly a pretext to show his painting with a certain free flow.

My heroes not so super


Au travers de cette thématique, l'artiste fait état de sa vision d'adulte des super héros déchus de son enfance. Des toiles qui sont dans la continuité de la série de tableaux réalisés ultérieurement sur la surconsommation et la solitude contemporaine où l'artiste nous faisait déjà une démonstration critique très explicite et haute en couleurs de nos modes de vie actuels.

Overconsumption


Many different ideas easily pass through his mind, like an overconsumption : defined as a sort of satirical and colourful assessment of the epoch we live in. He considers that as the triple combination of production – communication – consumption... The portrait of the man with a television instead of a head is another topic of his work. This would symbolize a satirical expression of the century we live in, where we are able to communicate without moving as far as the other side of the globe but not knowing the name of our next-door neighbour. Indeed we use to communicate by remaining lonely in front of the skylight.

Woman seen as an object


Rejecting the concept of women considered as basic objects only, he creates a semblance of a hymn for women like muses as if he wished to make this misogynous expression disappear. His obsessional creed consists in attempting to liken all the things he observes to the feminine curves tantalizing the male feelings.

Cows


Malgré leur surréalisme porté par des couleurs décalées et des formes rondes ou cubiques atypiques, les vaches de Charles Bataille portent un véritable message qui renvoie le spectateur à sa propre image. Les vaches deviennent alors des témoins de la société moderne. A la frontière entre l’humour, l’ironie et la prise de conscience, les toiles de vaches de l’artiste dialoguent avec le visiteur et l’invite à réfléchir sur le quotidien. La critique de la société est toujours sous-jacente même s’il elle est adoucie par des intitulés humoristiques. Les couleurs et les géométries qui composent les vaches de Charles Bataille les rendent parfois très contemporaines et citadines contrairement à ce qui est représenté. Parfois, l’artiste utilise habillement les formes et leur nombre pour transposer l’environnement rural en un environnement urbain. Il aime se jouer du contexte en glissant subtilement des éléments sous-jacents.

Brave men at the bar


Another topic of his catalogue is the painting of what he calls a sort of 'brave men at the bar'. They are like 'smashed faces' hanging over the counter, carved in the substance. This part of his work is an inexhaustible source but at the same time not inevitably an obvious one. A simple portrait is over-detailed as an effervescence, a melting-pot of his whole views.