Luc And Ludivine Get Married (pair 04) is a work by Julian Opie from his 2007 Luc And Ludivine Get Married series that shows two individual portraits of a man and woman. Presented in elliptical frames and blown domed glazing, the man faces away from the viewer, showing only the back of his head and the woman is depicted facing outwards.
This series is indicative of the way in which Opie liked to investigate both visual and verbal labels in his work, creating an extremely simplified visual language that appears like a series of signs. Luc And Ludivine Get Married, along with many other portrait prints in the artist’s oeuvre, is titled with the sitters’ names and relationship, emphasising the way that Opie sought to use as little information as possible to create a distinctly recognisable portrait. Opie’s portraits like this reveal the dehumanising effects of extreme digital simplification due to the sitters’ blank expressions.
The works in Opie’s Luc And Ludivine Get Married series show each figure in one of four poses, rendering them in different combinations of the poses thus making each composition unique across the series. This series is indicative of Opie’s desire to work with one idea across a number of different compositions, producing many versions of the same subject.