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Serge Gainsbourg (2015)

by Dominica Vaughan

Medium: Oils on canvas

Frame: framed

Size: 60.5 cm x 45 cm

£1200.00

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Description:
Serge Gainsbourg (born Lucien Ginsburg 2 April 1928 - 2 March 1991) was a French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular music, he was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous releases, as well as his diverse artistic output, which embodied genres ranging from jazz, mambo, world, chanson, pop and yé-yé, to rock and roll, progressive rock, reggae, electronic, disco, new wave and funk. In 1969, he released Je t'aime... moi non plus, which featured explicit lyrics and simulated sounds of female orgasm. The song appeared that year on an LP, Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg. Originally recorded with Brigitte Bardot, it was released with his future girlfriend Birkin when Bardot backed out. While Gainsbourg declared it the "ultimate love song", it was considered too "hot"; the song was censored or banned from public broadcast in numerous countries and in France even the toned-down version was suppressed.He is buried in the Jewish section of the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris. His funeral brought Paris to a standstill and French President François Mitterrand said of him, "He was our Baudelaire, our Apollinaire... He elevated the song to the level of art". Since his death, Gainsbourg's music has reached legendary stature in France. He has also gained a cult following in the English-speaking world with numerous artists influenced by his arrangements.His home at the well-known address 5bis rue de Verneuil is still covered in graffiti and poems.