An exhibition of paintings of bacteria opened in Paris on Tuesday (3 February) and is giving visitors both art appreciation and biological lessons at the same time.
GV STREET IN PARIS
CU GALERIE MATINGNON
CY KOCH DRAWING DIAGRAM, LOOKS THROUGH MICROSCOPE AND THEN ADDS COLOUR (5 SHOTS)
SV DRAWING OF BACTERIA ON WALL (4 SHOTS)
SV & SCU DRAWING OF HEART ADN INTESTINES AND MORE BACTERIA (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU PULL BACK TO MV PAINTINGS OF BACTERIA
CU PAINTINGS OF BACTERIA AND WOMEN'S FACE DISTORTED. (2 SHOTS)
CU FAINTING OF EGGS.
SV PICTURE OF NAKED WOMEN AND YOUNG GIRL (4 SHOTS)
Initials PH/1915 AMN/DK/RH/1930
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Background: An exhibition of paintings of bacteria opened in Paris on Tuesday (3 February) and is giving visitors both art appreciation and biological lessons at the same time.
The artist is Ray Bret-Koch, a French painter who has been on the scene for many years. He is aged 73.
The paintings are a climax to years of work, much of which the artist has himself destroyed because he was dissatisfied with it.
M. Koch's fascination with anatomy and bacteria goes back to the early part of this century when he was a medical student for two years. In his family, the interest goes back, even further. He is a direct descendant of German medical scientist Robert Koch who isolated the virus time.
The paintings are accurate studies of bacteria. The artist works with the aid of a microscope analysing the bacteria, drawing it and adding his own colours to bring out what he calls the character of each bacteria type.
The paintings on display at the Galerie matingnon include all sorts of germs. Among them are the viruses of scarlet fever, diphtheria, typhoid and most common of all cold germs.
One of Koch's earlier achievements was winning the commission for a mural for Paris's first airport. Among other distinguished artists he succeeded in beating for the commission were Picasso and Larked. The mural itself, however, has since disappeared.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris, one of the World's pace setting art centres an unusual exhibition has opened at the Galerio Matignon. French artist Ray Bret-Kech has perfected a technique for painting germs. Germs or bacteria, he maintains, are really very attractive and pretty subjects for paintings. With the aid of a microscope he draws accurate studies of such germs as diphtheria, typhoid and even the common cold.
his paintings are apparently accurate. For M. Bret-Koch, new aged 73 studied medicine for two years at the beginning of this century. His family is also connected with medicine. He is a direct descendant of German medical scientist Robert Koch who isolated the virus tuberculosis.
Not all the paintings show bacteria. Mr. Bret-Koch also shows a healthy interest in painting women and still life work. The paintings are a climax to years of work, much of which the artist has destroyed because he was dissatisfied with it.