The history of painting in less than two hours?… Yes it's possible, and it's even very pleasant thanks to this devil (magician) Hector Obalk!

As a lover of painting, I couldn't miss this...!
I went there full of curiosity and a desire to learn.

On the minimalist stage of the 13th art (the new theater of Place d'Italie), Hector, stand-up style, opens his show with a painting of gigantic dimensions composed of countless works (of painting) selected by himself with care. In the stands, a heterogeneous audience of all ages came to learn. And also visibly having fun.

At the front of the stage, Hector Obalk in a long jacket and red waistcoat, he is both elegant and brimming with vitality and spirit.

The educational route is meticulously prepared. On the evening program, the "classic": Chardin, Caravaggio, "Leonardo", Correggio, Cézanne...
After an initial focus on color (a clever approach to art history), the presentation follows a well-defined chronology. The works commented (dissected!) with humor parade under the melodious notes of the violinist Aiko Okamura; they simply chant the beginning and end of each sequence.
The presenter-actor unrolls his breadcrumbs, unfolding slide after slide the fascinating history of painting. With a very clear objective: that of giving reading keys to the spectator so that he can, in turn, understand, analyze, compare (it's funny) and appreciate, not just any art but Great Art .
Like the Trojan Hector who held his city well, Hector Obalk keeps his audience in suspense from start to finish. A feat. Far from positioning himself as a scholar, he makes the viewer his accomplice, leading him into this exciting, moving and often hilarious discovery.
At the end of the show, we are touched by the personality and authenticity of the character, by his love for art which shines through in every word, in every gesture. With a few biases here and there, sometimes disconcerting for lovers of Boticelli, Van Gogh or the French school of Fontainebleau...
Guest star of the evening: the singer Andréa Constantini offered us a beautiful Bach aria as a bonus. And a quick word for Alexandre Zannini who masterfully integrated images into words.
Absolutely (re)see.

Keywords: painting, art, color, Hector Obalk, show, culture, art history, Alexandre Zannini, Andréa Constantini, Aiko Okamura, violin, Van Gogh, Boticelli