Title : Vertigo
Artist : Marie-Pascale LE GOFF
Creation date : 2020
Dimensions : 55 x 38 cm
Medium and materials : Acrylic on canvas painted with a knife

Context and Inspiration

“Vertigo” is a work created in 2020. This painting captures a low-angle view of the imposing business buildings of Canary Wharf in London. Inspired by modern architecture and the feeling of urban immensity, I seek to convey the vertigo that one can feel when faced with these colossal structures.

Visual Description

The painting presents a dramatic low-angle perspective of the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf. The buildings rise towards the sky, accentuating the impression of height and immensity. The composition uses dynamic lines and bold angles to reinforce the feeling of vertigo. The dominant colors are those of urban materials, such as gray, white and metallic shades, capturing the cold and modern atmosphere of the scene.

Painting Techniques and Materials

I use the knife painting technique to apply acrylic to canvas, creating clean, precise textures that are ideal for depicting architectural structures. The details of the buildings and the lighting effects are rendered with great precision, adding depth and visual intensity to the work.

Thematic Analysis

“Vertigo” explores themes of urban planning, modernity and the human relationship with monumental architecture. The low-angle perspective and bold lines evoke the feeling of dizziness and admiration when faced with the immensity of the skyscrapers, inviting the viewer to reflect on the place of man in the modern urban environment.