Raine’s affinity for the COBRA group is apparent in a similar feeling for a synthesis of the arts, as well as in the execution of his work, which is in the exuberant style so familiar from the work of COBRA painters. These are strong differences, however, between Raine’s work and that of other COBRA painters ; in contrast to Alechinsky, Raine’s work is more consistently tied to a readable imagery ; in contrast to Jorn, Raine’s imagery is more direct in presenting figures rather than simply suggestions of figures. Because of the references in the titles, of course, there is a somewhat blurred distinction between what we only see and what we already know.
In the Museum’s painting, "Slowing Down of the tortoise’s flight", the images are rendered with an apparent clarity which is actually quite elusive : there is a visual conflict between images which seem either so groteque that they appear powerful and frightening, or so childish tht they suggest a moment of whimsy.
The scale of this painting adds to its power, especially given its vertical organization. The "figures" loom from above, moving in a space of great height, and seeming to create a one-to-one relationship with the viewer.
In poetry the capacity for involving the reader rather than permitting him to remain aloof, is a major element in the sucess of a poem. It is probably this sense of involvement which enables Jean Raine the poet to succeed as Jean Raine the painter."( Auteur :Tom Freudenheim jeanraine.org )