Marc Le Rest, Samurai Tokugawa, Oil on Canvas


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  • €3,990 Euro
  • $4,715 US Dollar


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Marc Le Rest, Samurai Tokugawa, Oil on Canvas

About the artist
Born in 1970, Marc Le Rest is a French born artist who turned his back to a promising career within the Holy Church to dedicate himself to the Arts and the Kingdom of lingerie in Paris. Soon he swapped Paris for New York, where he became an acclaimed garden gnomes designer. Afterwards, he spent some time in Mexico and India. Le Rest also contributed as a textile designer to the collections of Hermès, Armani, J.P. Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel and Etro in Europe as well as some collections of the major home furnishing textile companies in the United States.

This type of painting seeks to rediscover the Northern European portraits of the 16th and 17th C. by painters. It’s an alliance between minimalism formalist representation of the subject and an almost obsessive and baroque application to the figuration of the detail in the costumes.
This pictorial inspiration is associated with another tradition is art history, the animal painting.In case of ‘Samuraïs’ his collection of 2019, the monkeys are the models, dressed up in fine costumes, seated as fine Ladies and Gentlemen. And the costumes the figures are wearing are based on the Japanese warriors during the Tokugawa era. During this period, samurai increasingly became courtiers, bureaucrats, and administrators rather than warriors. With no warfare since the early 17th century, samurai gradually lost their military function during the Tokugawa era.


  • H: 66cm (25.98in)
  • W: 87cm (34.25in)


21st Century

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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