ménageant des réserves où d’autres sont venus se loger

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23:05 Jul 11, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting / A painting
French term or phrase: ménageant des réserves où d’autres sont venus se loger
Hello,

I am translating an art gallery programme from French (France) into English (British) and am having trouble with the translation of one of the phrases in the description. The work in question is Semences by Pascal Pinaud.

A picture of the work can be found at the following link: http://www.s333485502.onlinehome.fr/index.php?/uvres/series-...

Here's where it appears in the source text for full context: "Au miroitement des surfaces de ses laques automobiles, les Semences substituent une pâte colorée, incrustée dans la toile brute. Disséminées sur de grandes toiles blanches, des mines de crayons de couleur sont écrasées et étalées à l’aide d’un rouleau à ensemencer. L’œuvre témoigne de recouvrements successifs durant lesquels le blanc a effacé certains éléments, ménageant des réserves où d’autres sont venus se loger."

Could anyone help please?
Matthew Valentine
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:24


Summary of answers provided
3creating reserves where other (colours/materials) settled
B D Finch
3 -2leaving some colors where other ones came to stay
Nicholas Hankins


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leaving some colors where other ones came to stay


Explanation:
At the beginning of the sentence, the description appears to be referring to the impact of the color white on the rest of the painting. This leads me to believe that this second half is talking about the result of such color choices on the painting as a whole. Hope this helps!

Nicholas Hankins
United States
Local time: 07:24
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

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disagree  Tony M: I think you're looking at this the wrong way round
6 hrs

disagree  Kevin Oheix: I agree with "leaving some" but I wouldn't translate the end of this sentence literally. Something along the lines of "where more ... have been (added)".
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creating reserves where other (colours/materials) settled


Explanation:
... A reserve is a temporarily unfinished or blank area of a painting which is surrounded by painted areas that re either partially or fully completed.
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