Jean FAUTRIER (1898-1964)

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Selection of works by Jean Fautrier currently available

Jean Fautrier Composition 1958 Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 27 x 35 cm
Jean Fautrier
Composition
1958
Oil on paper mounted on canvas,
27 x 35 cm

 

Jean Fautrier Variation sur un rectangle 1957 Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 38 x 46 cm
Jean Fautrier
Variation sur un rectangle
1957
Oil on paper mounted on canvas
38 x 46 cm

 

Jean Fautrier, (F4)Femme nue assise
Jean Fautrier 
(F4) Femme nue assise
1925

27 x 21,5 cm

 

Jean Fautrier, (F1 )Femme nue allongée sur le dos
Jean Fautrier 
(F1 )Femme nue allongée sur le dos
1923

74 x 86 cm

 

Jean Fautrier Nu assis 1926 Red chalk 37x45 cm
Jean Fautrier
Nu assis
1926
Red chalk
37 x 45 cm

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Jean Fautrier,
one of the greatest painters of the informal art

There are two very contrasting Fautrier periods: the figurative period of the 20s and 30s and the so-called informal period.

Dark backgrounds dominate the figurative period with nudes and portraits handled with a powerful contrast of light. It’s a kind of rembranesque chiaroscuro, in a range of black and ochre, plunging the subject in an atmosphere of mysterious irradiation. Black is used as an extreme colour with a purely plastic effect. Fautrier was then under contract to Paul Guillaume, the famous merchant of Modigliani, Soutine etc. who has part of his collection exhibited in the Museum of the Orangerie in Paris.

At the end of the 1930s the artist conducted a radical shift towards painting in paste focusing on the effects of matter. A character or object is “discussed” by a little defined mark on which he placed a few schematic lines, recomposing faces, nudes or daily utensils from the primitive sensation they provoked.

“The idea of completely informal painting is a heresy”
Jean Fautrier

The link with reality became increasingly thin. He said: “the idea of completely informal painting is a heresy”. The exhibition Hostages (1945) and Objects (1955) were highly notable. Malraux declared ‘that he’s probably the only contemporary artist who owes nothing to anyone’. In 1989 there was a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris.

“That he’s probably the only contemporary artist
who owes nothing to anyone”
André Malraux

Fautrier is one of the most original artists of his generation. His entire work is characterized by a rich temperament, violent spontaneity and always-appetizing material. He remains one of the greatest painters of informal art along with Wols and Dubuffet.


Latest retrospective dedicated to Jean Fautrier

Jean Fautrier, Texture and light

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
From January 26th to May 20th 2018

Galerie de la Présidence lends works to this major retrospective.
Read more about this exhibition


Video by Paris Musées, on Dailymotion