Marie's Pics

From From Wassily Kandinsky to Pompeii​, here are our UK Account Manager's favourites from the archive​​



What is your role at Bridgeman?

I manage accounts for Interior Design, Advertising and Corporate clients for the UK. I can therefore be in charge for research related to hotels, boats and buildings and look after the copyright clearance, permission letters and the good use of the images purchased.


What do you love most about the job?

Working for an art image library is an amazing opportunity as the Bridgeman archive has so many gems. Having clients looking for specific images is always a great way to discover new artists, photographers and pictures. So it is a job where we learn something new every day. I also enjoy meeting clients, as I believe encounters are a great part of the job and they always have fantastic stories to tell. To finish, I do like to work surrounded by an amazing team, which is always very inspiring.

What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

Clients mostly think that we only have fine art prints but the Bridgeman archive is much more than this. We have a great footage archive and the artists from Bridgeman Studio are all very contemporary, with a very attractive style. Plus, our collection has a lot of historic photography which contains jewellery, such as Christies, as well as animals pictures etc.


Marie-Flavien Leda, UK Advertising and Interior Design Account Manager


Letter to Peter, 1994 (pen & ink, crayon and collage on paper), Niki de Saint-Phalle (1930-2002) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images





Niki de Saint-Phalle

Niki de Saint-Phalle is one my favourite artists. She made gigantic sculptures, but her personal work, such as these cards or her diary, is really moving. I love the way she expresses herself and her mood, with bright colours, big letters and funny characters. It shows, in my opinion, a lot of the love she wanted to give to the world.





Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau was the absolute artist: writer, designer, artist, he is responsible for legendary movies of French cinema such as Orpheus (a personal favourite) and Beauty and the Beast starring his life partner, Jean Marais, an icon for many generations. For me, this multitask genius is truly an inspiration. Plus, he was surrounded by other artistic icons such as Edith Piaf, Jean Marais, Picasso, Coco Chanel… and Modigliani, who made a fantastic painting of him, as you can see. In one word, he was cool. 
Jean Cocteau, 1917 (oil on canvas), Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) / Private Collection


Handwriting and signature of Jacques Prevert (1900-1977) French poet 





Jacques Prevert

As a child, I used to read over and over Jacques Prevert's childrens books and adored his funny sense of irony and tragedy. A lot of French artists used his poems to make songs and amongst them is the famous Les feuilles mortes, translated in English as Autumn leaves, which is one of my favourite songs of all time. Serge Gainsbourg as well has been inspired, as he took over the melody to write La chanson de Prevert, which is full of melancholy and lyricism. 






Wassily Kandinsky

I grew up with a reproduction of this artwork in front of my bed. For over 18 years, Wassily Kandinsky was the witness of my child and teenage years and this painting has therefore had a huge impact on my childhood memories. I could spend hours looking at it. When I go back to the south of France to see my family, I know that I am home when I see Kandinsky’s Zeichen mit Begleitung welcoming me in my room. 


Zeichen mit Begleitung, 1927 (oil on canvas), Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images



Untitled (Man Smoking) from the Kitchen Table series, 1990 (gelatin silver print), Carrie Mae Weems (b.1953) / Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA / Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund






Untitled (Man Smoking), Carrie Mae Weems

I recently purchased Carrie Mae Weems' Kitchen Table Series book, a gift that I have wanted to give myself for a while now. The brilliant selection of photographs were not disappointing. They are telling a story, the story of a family, with love, complicity and its drama. I love the fact that we go into the intimacy of this family, as much as I love the fact that if the pictures are from 1990, they haven’t aged a day. The artist staged her kitchen in a way that only tiny, but very interesting details vary from one picture to another. I recommend it. 



Clip: The Crater of Vesuvius

I have always been fascinated by Pompeii, a civilisation that disappeared overnight. It is as if nature decided to create its own artwork, playing with human bodies. The result is dramatic and beautiful at the same time. 

The crater of Vesuvius, Naples Pozzuoli Sulfatara 



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