February 8, 2022
Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
Le Rave is a sister piece to Bryce's painting "She's the Show," in that it incorporates the female focal point from a Picasso masterpiece, placed in a music venue. Picasso depicted his mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, in his 1932 masterpiece, "Le Reve," seated in a chair. Bryce has transported her to a rave, where her body position makes it feel like she is dancing to the music playing in the club.
"I actually considered doing this one before I did 'She's the Show,'" Bryce says. "I'm glad I waited, though. I wanted a sense of the dance club with neon, but wasn't sure how to attack it. Having recently completed 'Portrait of a Neon Cowboy' and 'Everyone Turned When She Walked in the Bar,' I felt like I was better prepared for this piece.
"'Le Reve' means 'the dream.' When I look at this, though, I don't see a woman asleep. I feel like Picasso gave her so much motion and internal enjoyment, so it never made sense to me that she was sitting in a chair. She's dancing and feeling sensual, so the club scene seems like the perfect place for her, and 'Le Rave' was the obvious title for this one."