Maison Carrée, Nîmes, 1990

Julian Schnabel, Maison Carrée, Nîmes, France, 1990

The largest pieces in Schnabel’s oeuvre are created: an untitled series of paintings with the dimensions 670 x 670 cm surpasses the size of pieces such as Joe Dante from 1988 (488 x 488 cm). These room-filling pieces of art are installed for five years in a former Roman temple, the Maison Carrée in Nîmes.

“They are large because that’s a necessary part of the content of the paintings. The scale and size of the painting has a physical reality that affects its meaning… When the paintings are large, the interior of the painting seems to deconstruct itself, I like that, and I like what happens to me, when I feel like I’m watching the painting deconstruct itself.” (Flash Art)