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Gueules Cassées (Broken Faces) Series
A series of collages, all generals of the First World War. The result is as monstrous as war, and also strange asa sunset on a battlefield.
With deft, surgical precision, René Apallec cut up the portraits of generals he found in magazines of the WWI period. He reassembled the faces with delicate sutures to reveal new portraits, and by distorting these generals effectively reinterprets the face of war.
Despite the suggestion of horrific injuries, these "broken faces" have an air of defiant pride; some interpretations become comic, grotesque, suggesting downright stupidity and ignorance.
Others suggest stoicism and using collage and texture, expressed pain becomes unbearable. Symbolic of the inhuman demands of a war machine, each broken face is the conflict of an emotional state in the struggle for self-preservation.
Reshaping these heroic images, revives memory and the haunting reality of the consequences of the actions of these men. (http://www.reneapallec.com/gueules-cassees/)