In his series entitled “Villégiatures” Mickaël Doucet presents the interiors of contemporary villas temporarily emptied of their inhabitants. Objects left aside here and there, somewhat enigmatic, lead the spectator to a story extracted from his own imagination. The juxtaposition of current images and fictional representations encourage the viewer to retreat into the in-between. The viewer is thus plunged halfway between the past and the future on both the narrative and the pictorial level. The pictorial harmony of each canvas reveals both contemporary phases with its design objects and ancient phases through its landscapes influenced by Flemish painters. This strange perception, accentuated by the work of perspective, of full and empty space magnified by David Hockney’s counterbalanced swimming pools, reinforces the feeling of alienation that the viewer experiences in relation to his works.