Prayers at Vat Kaognot Works by the late French artist Genevieve Couteau are
replete with intense spirituality, evoking a sense of mystery, awe and
fascination.An exhibition at the National Gallery in Central Jakarta presents 70 paintings by Couteau until Feb. 15. The pieces showcase an amazing revelation of the female gaze expressing “the other” in the countries of the orient as part of her own self.“She sought to define the divine in the human countenance,” Alain Favelle, secretary of the International
Association of Art Critics, said in his introduction some 10 years ago.Looking at her oeuvre, one will find that Couteau’s narrative is infused with a profound sense of culture, mystique and the spiritual.They do not emanate the human body, which was a major attraction to European male artists coming to Asia. Instead, she was fascinated by the spirit within.This differe...