"Monsieur de Paris" Series by Sabine Danzé




The convergence of Art, Beauty, style, and transgenderism...



Sabine Danzé transcends the role of a mere artist; she emerges as a true creator, giving life to series rather than solitary pieces on canvas. Her art is not just a visual representation but a narrative she passionately wishes to share, offering a distinct perspective on humanity. Whether inspired by personal encounters or profound reflections on society and human history, each brushstroke on her canvas tells a captivating story. Just as her strokes of graphite breathe life into a blank canvas, her series unfold naturally, driven by spontaneity, intuition, and exceptional skill, fueled by the sheer joy of painting and the medium itself. With each artwork, she endeavors to enhance her storytelling abilities, delving deeper into the profound emotional impact her art can evoke.


The essence of Sabine's series can be summed up in a single word: "Princely." This term embodies qualities of nobility, dignity, and standing apart from the crowd. According to Sabine, being princely means possessing an innate dignity, unswayed by the desire for approval or conformity. And Sabine naturally embodies this and fully embraces her true self and the aura she projects to others. Therefore, it's no wonder that Sabine was drawn to explore the realm of transgenderism. However, she did not approach it as a passing trend, but rather with the same sense of nobility, confidence, and authenticity she admires in her subjects. Her avant-garde nature compels her to delve into topics long before they become mainstream, infusing her work with a timeless relevance.

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Why explore transgenderism?

Sabine embodies the spirit of an avant-garde artist. To truly embrace this role, one must possess a profound appreciation and knowledge of art culture, its historical context, and broader societal shifts. Such understanding not only defines our present identities but also shapes the trajectory of our future selves.

From Sabine's deep passion for art and cultural awareness arises a profound fascination with the Baroque period, echoing the sentiments articulated by Victor-Lucien Tapié. He describes the Baroque as a departure from the harmonious balance achieved during the Florentine and Roman Renaissances, where the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment, universal understanding, and the fusion of human emotions with the natural world reached a zenith in Platonic ideals of beauty.

The Baroque era stands out as a time when intellectual elites defied societal norms, embracing ambiguity, provocation, and intellectual exploration as art forms. This period celebrated transgression, unconventionality, and extraordinariness not as deliberate acts but as natural outcomes. Sabine Danzé, in her admiration and reverence for this era, finds resonance, particularly in its expression of transgenderism, among its many facets.


Sabine found resonance with the notion of transgenderism—a concept that has historically existed, albeit often concealed within underground or artistic circles due to societal judgments. She was drawn to the vibrant energy of artistic communities where such identities flourished, recognizing the inherent dignity and richness of transgender experiences.

It was within this backdrop that Sabine felt compelled to explore transgenderism in her art. Not as a mere tribute, but as a deliberate effort to elevate and celebrate the regal essence of transgender identity. Thus, the series "Monsieur de Paris" came to be—testimony to Sabine's will to give transgenderism its rightful place in the artistic narrative.


Sabine Danzé’s Art and Transgenderism

Let's make it clear: don't expect voyeurism, vulgarity, or a representation of the transgender community as it is presently depicted by the media, social networks, and influencers. This subject has now resurged as a hot topic, long after Sabine introduced this series... I told you, she's an avant-garde painter! Sabine's perspective on transgenderism diverges from viewing it as merely a passing trend, fashion statement, or even an innate sense of identity. Instead, she sees it through the lens of beauty and its innate, regal essence. For Sabine, being transgender isn't about adopting a temporary trend or fashion statement to fit in; it's about embracing a state of being. In this light, she approaches her work as a painter with careful consideration, as exemplified by her own words : "Elegance and iconic presence, blending genders and social groups. Beauty is not confined to a particular style; it is Art that expresses beauty in all its aspects through style. Monsieur de Paris". The fruit are these portraits, created in the style of Sabine Danzé, which showcase her distinct strokes and her penchant for oil painting as well as mixed techniques, incorporating elements such as ink, lacquers, glazes, and occasionally spray paint. While some portraits clearly evoke the baroque era with its elaborate wigs, costumes, and makeup, others possess a timeless quality, while some exude a distinctly contemporary vibe. However, all of them share common traits: a sense of Beauty, pride, occasionally tinged with disdain, but most importantly, an inherent ambivalence and ambiguity regarding gender. They all carry a regal air, where the eyes and mouth, two elements she always meticulously attends to with great precision, are subtly imbued with provocation and elegant impertinence.



I want to emphasize Sabine's perspective: "Beauty transcends style. As an artist, it is my duty to interpret all aspects of beauty through style." This series is Beautiful in meaning and encapsulates Sabine's faith in the inherent beauty of humanity. It emphasizes that true beauty lies in essence rather than mere appearance.


I’ll wrap up using her introductory text of this series : "Elegance and iconic presence, blending genders and social groups. Beauty is not confined to a particular style; it is Art that expresses beauty in all its aspects through style. Monsieur de Paris".


Article published by Julien ARBELAITZ