Encountering Balenciaga creations amongst the stunning sculptures of the Musée Bourdelle presents the late Spanish creator as a sculptor of fabrics.
Despite being "living objects", statuesque columnar dresses look frozen in time and devoid of movement in their face-to-face with the energy projected by inanimate Bourdelle's sculptures.
With his apparent Spanish heritage, Balenciaga plays black on black, using the varying degree of light absorption of his materials as a palette to model forms and volumes. Quite an achievement when black is reputedly difficult to manipulate due to its flatness.
Combining textures, playing with opacity and transparency, monochromatic permutations are surprisingly endless.