Of Sunlit Yellow and Racing Spirit: A Consideration of the Maillot Jaune

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Of Sunlit Yellow and Racing Spirit: A Consideration of the Maillot Jaune is not so much a piece of wall art as it is an exercise in emotional and psychological stimuli. At first glance, the piece’s title brings forth the immediate image of cycling’s most prestigious jersey – the Yellow Jersey, the Maillot Jaune, a symbol of the Tour de France’s overall leader. But to assume that this work is just about cycling would be an oversimplification tantamount to saying that tennis, in Wallace’s “Infinite Jest,” was merely a sport.

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Suspended on the wall, one first perceives the yellow hue that seems to flood the canvas. The yellow is sunlit, as described, but not in the benign, calm way of a leisurely summer afternoon. Instead, it’s the aggressive brightness of midday sun, relentless and overpowering. It speaks of the intensity of competition, the searing, unyielding desire to be at the forefront, to lead.

But there’s a dynamism here, a sense of motion. Beneath this are geometric forms, influenced by Josef Albers, contorting and straining. The blending of colors, where yellow merges with the subtle blacks and greys, might speak to the inseparability of joy and pain, triumph and suffering. This isn’t just a race, it’s an existential struggle, a pursuit of meaning amidst the blistering heat of existence.

The Maillot Jaune, after all, is as much a garment of distinction as it is a target on one’s back. To wear it is to be hunted, to be chased, to constantly look over one’s shoulder. The duality of this honor — both a symbol of achievement and a beacon of vulnerability — is poignant.

The yellow jersey is lent, not given, changing shoulders as the stages progress, and even the eventual victor only borrows it for a year. In this transient honor, there’s a reflection on the ephemeral nature of success and the inexorable march of time. But you can have it forever.

Make a statement in any room with this framed poster printed on high-quality paper, with a partly glossy, partly matte finish.

• 10 mil (0.25 mm) thick paper
• Paper weight: 260 g/m²
• .75” (1.9 cm) thick ayous wood frame
• Acrylite front protector
• Hanging hardware included
• Blank product components in the US sourced from Japan and the US
• Blank product components in the EU sourced from Japan and Latvia

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