ABOUT FRENCH CANCAN
“French cancan”, by the lebanese artist, based in France, Yves Badyh, is an artwork that evokes the cancan, a dance with French roots created by Charles Morton in 1861, inspired by the French square dance by Céleste Mogador, star dancer at the Bal Mabille, in Paris. This energetic attitude, with high kicks and pirouettes, is carried over to this conceptual artwork, joining the violin’s elegance. By buying at São Rafael Galleries, you are actively contributing with 10% of the purchase to Philanthropy.
“Je ne me bride pas, je fais ce que j’ai envie de faire et cela fait cinquante ans que ça dure.” – “I don’t restrain myself, I do what I want to do and it’s been fifty years since it lasts.” (Yves Badyh)
Yves Badyh is a painter, photographer and writer, born on February 3, 1942 in Guadeloupe. From his early age, Badyh shows deep interest in painting. His father, a respectable Lebanese business man steaming from the famous Al-Dahdâh’s dynasty, didn’t show much enthusiasm for his son’s ambitions. Despite a strong family pressure, Yves kept a strong determination to live his passion, stayed intact. He refused to follow a designed road for him and it’s confortable life to search a more uncertain path. The black Eagle, so called by his friends since he always dress in black only, is nearly 20 years old when he decided to leave his native Guadeloupe to settle down in Paris. Charles Aznavour will be the first purchaser of a painting from the young surrealistic painter. He will introduce him to his friends, one of them being Salvador Dali, of which he became a student during a six-month stay in Cadaquès in 1964. After his surrealistic period, the artist follow the figurative period and the abstract period. Several of his paintings are part of international collections, especially in Japan and the United States. In parallel to the creation of pictural work, Yves Badyh develops a passion for photography. Since 1970, he becomes a very highly demanded photographer (Cosmopolitan, Haper’s Bazaar). He allies today his painter’s to his photographer’s experience to create his new work called Urban Structures.