2- Hervé Di Rosa – Roland Garros 2012 – The art of the show
The Roland Garros posters always cause a sensation, and proof of this is the 2012 poster, created by French painter Hervé Di Rosa who, at the time, got everyone talking! A key figure in the “Figuration Libre” movement of French painters, Di Rosa draws inspiration from cartoons, comics, rock music and even street art. His easily-recognised style features strange characters with rounded shapes.
This poster showcases the artist’s crazy and colourful world: a rich and busy composition that includes his famous one-eyed characters. They represent the spectators at Roland Garros as they watch the path of a tennis ball. This is not a conventional representation of tennis. Di Rosa wanted to showcase another essential aspect of the sport: the show, depicted in the eyes and expressions of the spectators in the stands as they watch the ball going from one end of the court to the other.
The ball is the true heart of the piece. “We watch the ball more than the players,” he said. It is the main feature of the poster, projected at high speed and with the year of the tournament following in its wake. The net, meanwhile, is shown as a red grid at the bottom of the poster. Hervé Di Rosa once again plays with all the codes in his art. Though condemned and criticised by some, his poster certainly tells a story.