These days, anyone planning to embark on a career as a painter needs to begin by realising the difficulty of the task that lies ahead. He must know that, because of a history going back several thousand years, painting makes special demands: because everything seems to have been already invented, it is especially hard to make a lasting mark in its already overcrowded annals.
When I developed the Revisités series, which was made over a period of six years, I started out by looking for fathers in the history of painting. I didn’t want to make serious, ostentatious, pedantic painting. I preferred to have fun revealing what the great masters of those days only half-revealed, by a principle of blunt, whimsical exaggeration.