Les Benédictines du Sacré-Coeur
John Dent 1951 -
- John Dent 1951 -
- Les Benédictines du Sacré-Coeur
- oil on canvas
- 71 x 56 cm
signed lower right: Dent
Dent's paintings are redolent with atmosphere, indicative of his ability to absorb the sense of place he discovered in Paris. Mostly, these are quiet introspective moments, a captured snapshot in time. The street scenes take the viewer on a promenade with the artist around Paris, as he explores the city. If the imagery is sometimes romantic, it is because this reflects the everyday reality of the city and these are scenes actually encountered – an arched bridge over the river; a flag hanging from a terraced building; lovers entwined in a park. Equally, Paris is a city of unexpected surprises and strange contrasts, casual witness to nuns in full habit kicking a soccer ball.