albert birtran - artist portrait

Albert Bitran

(1931-2018)

A painter and sculptor, Albert Bitran was a leading artist in the post-war art scene. Bitran’s rigorously constructed work endeavoured to achieve a synthesis of elements of form from geometric abstraction and the lyrical palette of ‘warm’ abstraction. His work is associated with the Lyrical Abstraction movement. Of Turkish origin, the artist Albert Bitran also formed a link between the East and the West, between the culture of the Mediterranean and the artistic sensibilities of Northern Europe, where his work would be particularly appreciated.

Works

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albert bitran - paper untitled 1994

Untitled – 1994

Gouache and charcoal on paper
28,5 x 22 cm / 11.2 x 8.7 in.
Signed “Bitran” lower right

albert bitran - paper gouache untitled 1994

Untitled – 1994

Gouache and charcoal on paper
21 x 32,5 cm / 8.3 x 12.8 in.
Signed “Bitran” lower right

albert bitran - gouache paper untitled 1994

Untitled – 1994

Gouache, ink and charcoal on paper
23 x 34,5 cm / 9.1 x 13.6 in.
Signed “Bitran” lower right

albert bitran - paper untitled 1998

Untitled – 1998

Gouache and ink on paper
24,5 x 18 cm / 9.6 x 7.1 in.
Signed “Bitran” lower left

albert bitran - paper untitled 2000

Untitled – 2000

Ink and pastel on paper
32,2 x 24 cm / 12.7 x 9.5 in.
Signed “Bitran” lower left

albert bitran - paper untitled 2003

Untitled – 2003

Ink and gouache on paper
40 x 32,5 cm / 15.7 x 12.8 in.
Signed “Bitran” lower right

The painter Albert Bitran’s early life and artistic training

Albert Bitran was born in Istanbul on 25 December 1931. Of Sephardic Jewish origin, Bitran grew up surrounded by his family in the city’s commercial district of Pangaltı. With its narrow streets and arcades, the neighbourhood would greatly influence Bitran’s imagination when he became a painter. The young artist was also influenced by the sea, which is ever-present in the city of Istanbul. In the summer months, Bitran’s family rented a house on the Princes’ Islands off the coast of Istanbul. A polyglot, Albert Bitran spoke Turkish and French—studying at the Collège Saint-Michel, a French Jesuit school—as well as English and Ladino, a Romance language derived from Old Spanish spoken by Spanish Jews. Bitran’s linguistic fluency and his rich, multicultural upbringing would prove valuable for the artist as he developed his international career.

Bitran developed an interest in painting from the age of 15. At the Institut Français, the young artist consulted books and magazines featuring reproductions of paintings exhibited in Paris and copied paintings created by the masters—Cézanne, Boudin and Manet, among others—that he obtained in the form of postcards. Bitran’s efforts were a success—his first works were bought by the parents of his friends.

The painter Albert Bitran’s arrival in Paris: Friendships & artistic beginnings

After obtaining a double high school diploma in both French and Turkish, Albert Bitran left Istanbul for Paris to study architecture. Barely 17 years old, he arrived in the capital of the arts in September 1948 and settled in Montparnasse, the Parisian neighbourhood he had always dreamed of. Bitran immersed himself in the French capital’s vibrant post-war art scene, frequenting the renowned cafés La Coupole and Le Sélect, where he met other Turkish painters such as Mübin Orhon, Selim Turan and Avni Arbaş, as well as Abidin Dino, his elder and dear friend, whom he met later on.

After Montparnasse, Albert Bitran moved to a studio in the American residence in Paris’ Cité Universitaire campus. His new residence was a real hub, bringing together artists from all over the world, including Jesús Rafael Soto from Venezuela, Serge Poliakoff from Russia, Georges Koskas from Tunisia, and Horia Damian from Romania. Koskas and Damian would have a definite influence on the geometric beginnings of Albert Bitran’s work. Bitran quickly abandoned architecture to devote himself exclusively to painting, attending exhibitions and regularly visiting the Musée du Louvre. The painter even passed very quickly through the studio of Fernand Léger. Bitran became close to Koskas and Damian, who were older than him, also visiting the artist couple Maria-Helena Vieira da Silva and Arpad Szenes during this period.

The painter Albert Bitran’s early successes: dealer & patrons

Albert Bitran’s first successes came at the turn of the 1950s. Bitran’s work was exhibited in December 1950 as part of the Salon de l’Art Libre at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris—the artist was just 19 years old. In the following year, he was introduced to the art dealer Jean-Robert Arnaud through Koskas. Arnaud had just opened his gallery on Rue du Four in the French capital and was presenting the leading painters of the post-war abstraction movement. With a growing interest in the work of Albert Bitran, the dealer devoted two exhibitions to the artist in 1951 and 1952. Jean-Robert Arnaud also launched the art magazine Cimaise, in which Bitran’s works were featured.
It was at Arnaud’s gallery that the painter Albert Bitran met the collector and connoisseur Henri-Pierre Roché, who became a patron of the artist. Roché provided Bitran with accommodation and materials in exchange for his works. During this period, Albert Bitran continued to explore geometric abstraction on canvas and paper, using a mixture of watercolour and pencil. Doctor Velti, a Swiss friend of Roché’s, then bought a batch of ten works on paper from the artist. This was followed by an exhibition by Denise René, the “female pope” of geometric abstraction, who presented Albert Bitran in her Parisian gallery on Rue La Boétie in 1954 in a group show entitled Baertling, Breer, Bitran. Roché wrote the preface for the exhibition catalogue.

During this period, Bitran began to participate regularly in two Parisian art fairs: the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, which he took part in from 1952 to 1965, and the Salon de Mai, in which he participated every year without exception from 1956 to 1975.

Accompanied by Damian, Bitran travelled to the South of France in July 1955, notably to Saint-Paul-de-Vence. On his return to the French capital, Bitran began to paint abstract landscapes—such as Naissance d’un paysage—in oils with the addition of sand and discarded pieces of paper. The following year, the artist returned to the South of France with Mübin Orhon to continue his work. He also created the stained-glass windows for a church in Schœneck in France’s Moselle region. It was from this point onwards that Bitran abandoned his geometric explorations once and for all. In the winter of 1955, the artist moved into the home of his friends Annie and Claude Lefort, where he had access to a large living room-studio space.

In 1956, Bitran had another decisive encounter, this time with the dealer Jean Pollak, with whom he formed a strong friendship. Director of the Galerie Ariel in Paris, Pollak exhibited the artists of his generation that he supported, first on Avenue de Messine and later on Boulevard Haussmann. These artists included Roger-Edgar Gillet, Jacques Doucet, André Marfaing, Bengt Lindström and members of the Cobra group such as Asger Jorn, Karel Appel and Corneille. He also developed a fascination for the work of Albert Bitran, whom he exhibited and promoted regularly from 1957 onwards, both in solo and group exhibitions.

In 1957, Albert Bitran met another important collector: the actress Jacqueline Delubac. Greatly interested in Bitran’s work, Delubac bought seven paintings from him, including Faune calcaire, which she hung next to a large nude from Picasso’s Blue period in her Paris salon. Delubac later commissioned two other paintings from the artist in 1986. In 1998, Jacqueline Delubac’s donation to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon gave rise to a major exhibition, De Manet à Bacon. Collection de Jacqueline Delubac, which featured works by Albert Bitran.

Albert Bitran’s atelier works

Soon after obtaining French nationality, Albert Bitran married Claude Ledoux in January 1958. The couple went on to have two daughters: Hélène and Mariane. After a stay in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, they settled in Paris at 26, Rue des Plantes in the 14th arrondissement, an artists’ district. In their new home, Bitran continued to paint landscapes, but also began work on another series on the theme of the studio (atelier). Inspired by his new surroundings, his works on the theme of the Atelier were characterised by certain key elements such as the high skylight, the easel and its top clamp for holding the canvas from above—not forgetting the light flooding his paintings, for example in L’Atelier en pleine lumière. Albert Bitran argued that: “The rhythm is a ‘journey of shadows’.”

Albert Bitran’s early ceramics and engraving work

In the early 1960s, the Bitran couple bought a large building in Rigny-le-Ferron in France’s Aube region to renovate. Part of the property was turned into a painting studio and the barn became a ceramics studio, equipped with a kiln. It was here that Bitran’s ceramic works were made with the help of his wife and their friends, the ceramist Vera Herold and Minouche Pastier. In 1967, Bitran made more ceramics in Albisola, Italy, with the potter Tullio Mazzotti. It was there that he met Wifredo Lam. Bitran’s ceramic works were then exhibited at the Galerie Birch in Copenhagen and at the Randers Museum in Denmark.

At around this time, the artist also began to collaborate with printers, in particular Fernand Mourlot—the Paris-based printer who worked on prints for Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall—and later the Bellini studio. Bitran particularly enjoyed this exercise, which became a practice that he would pursue throughout his work. Several illustrated books were produced, punctuated by Albert Bitran’s engravings, such as L’Atelier by Georges Boudaille, which was published by Impriludes in 1964 and exhibited at the Galerie La Hune in Paris. Another example is Épreuves by Jean-Louis Baudry, which was published and presented by the Galerie La Balance in Brussels in 1966.

International recognition and fame in northern Europe

From the 1960s onwards, Albert Bitran’s work became very well known in Northern Europe in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Germany, among other countries, where his work was regularly exhibited in galleries and museums. Bitran’s work was first shown in a group exhibition at the Lunds Konsthall in Sweden in 1960. In terms of dealers, Börge Birch, based in Copenhagen, was the primary dealer to promote Bitran’s work in Scandinavia from 1961 onwards. The Galerie Nord, a Danish gallery based in Randers, also promoted the artist’s work, and in the Netherlands, the Galerie Nova Spectra in The Hague also exhibited the painter, dedicating a solo exhibition to his work in 1964. In Amsterdam, the Galerie de Boer presented Bitran’s work from the 1970s onwards. In Cologne, the Galerie Johannes Schilling organised two solo exhibitions of the artist’s work in 1990 and 1993.

The Bitran couple also travelled regularly to Italy, driving down to Rome, where Albert Bitran shared the studio of the painter Marcello Avenali. In Rome, Albert Bitran practised different techniques, including lithographs and serigraphs, also exploring various works on paper. He exhibited at the Studio Erre during various group exhibitions in the 1970s.

In 1967, Bitran went to Cuba for the Salon de Mayo, at the invitation of Wifredo Lam. In Cuba, Bitran discovered a whole artistic and intellectual community, which included friends such as Cesare Peverelli, Corneille and Philippe Hiquily, among others. As the artist remembered, “We went on visits, we painted a little, we had a nice time.” Together the group created a collective work in situ.

In Paris in the 1960s, Albert Bitran lived at the heart of the art scene, rubbing shoulders with his neighbour Edouard Pignon, as well as Alfred Manessier, Gustave Singier and Pierre Soulages. He also formed a strong friendship Geer van Velde, with whom he exhibited together at the Galerie de Boer in Amsterdam. In 1968, Albert Bitran left his home on Rue des Plantes and moved to Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, where he remained for the next 32 years. Bitran continued his artistic explorations in his new studio, his palette becoming bolder as the artist reflected upon the issue of space. From time to time, Bitran painted on large canvases which he then cut up and fixed on a frame, or he worked on paper which he laid onto the canvas himself.

Albert Bitran’s new themes: doubles and grandes formes

In the 1970s, Albert Bitran tackled the theme of Doubles—a concept that brought together two interpretations of the same pure form in the same painting, inviting the viewer to consider each of the spaces created, both separately and as a whole. As such, reality and our perception of reality were presented on the same canvas.
The artist’s Doubles were exhibited many times, both in Paris at the Galerie Ariel and abroad in Scandinavia, the Netherlands and Austria. In Amsterdam, the Galerie de Boer presented these works in a solo exhibition in 1974.
The Doubles theme appealed to writers and philosophers such as Claude Lefort, who wrote Bitran ou la question de l’œil, which was published in 1975. This was the first phenomenological text devoted to painting.

Following the artist’s Doubles series came Sextuor. Conceived in 1976, the new work comprised six paintings designed to be presented in a closed circle. It went on to be exhibited in various museums, galleries and churches. The Sekset exhibition became a touring exhibition in Scandinavia, travelling from the Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum in Aalborg in 1978 to the Sonja Henie-Niels Onstad Art Center in Oslo, and the Trondhjems Kunstforening in Norway in 1979. Sextuor was also exhibited at the Galerie de Boer in Amsterdam in the same year, as well as at the Church of St. Blaise in Salzburg, thanks to the curator Sigrun Loos. The work is now housed at Les Abattoirs in Toulouse.

Albert Bitran’s work entered a new institution in 1974 thanks to the collector Gildas Fardel’s donation to the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes.

During this period, the Bitran couple left their property in Rigny-le-Ferron and moved to another old building that they wanted to renovate in Gaillac, in France’s Lot region.

In the summer of 1979, Albert Bitran was chaired the painting seminar of The Summer Academy in Salzburg, where he succeeded the artist Corneille. A great music lover, Bitran took full advantage of the immersive musical experience in Salzburg, attending many concerts during his stay. The artist renewed his position in Salzburg the following summer.

Albert Bitran then developed a new theme in his Grandes Formes works, which featured a bold palette. First exhibited at the Galerie Louis Carré in Paris in 1987, these works were then presented in Tokyo and Los Angeles.

The sculptor Albert Bitran

In parallel to his painting work, Albert Bitran also explored the third dimension through sculpting, which allowed him to transpose his painted forms into the world of volumes. He created small wooden sculptures, sometimes painted in grey, and larger works in various different materials. A large wooden sculpture by the artist measuring 3 metres was exhibited at the Basel Art Fair by the Galerie Louis Carré.

During the 1990s, the artist was exhibited in a series of shows in France and abroad: in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey, Germany and Switzerland, among other countries. In 1991, during a retrospective dedicated to the Bitran’s work in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France, an interview between the artist and the historian Jean Paris was recorded and later appeared in the Gulbenkian Foundation’s magazine Coloquio Arte in 1992.

The same year, a second monograph on Albert Bitran’s work written by Georges Borgeaud was published by Ides et Calendes.

Albert Bitran & the Arcades

In the 1990s, Albert Bitran developed a fascination for a new form—that of the arcade. The squaring of the circle attracted him, reminding him of the arcades of the covered galleries in his native city, Istanbul. “There is always an open side where the arcade enters the painting and the painting enters the arcade,” said Albert Bitran. In 1997, Bitran went to Istanbul, where an exhibition was dedicated to his work at the Aksanat art centre. His friend, the art critic Necmi Sönmez, wrote the preface to the exhibition catalogue.

At the turn of the 2000s, Albert Bitran participated in several other group exhibitions in his native city, including the exhibition Paris: 1945-1960. L’École de Paris et les peintres turcs [Paris: 1945-1960. The School of Paris and Turkish painters], which was presented in Istanbul at the Yapi Kredi Kâzim Taskent Sanat Galerisi in 2000. Several different exhibitions were also presented at the SantralIstanbul, including Modern and Beyond: 1950-2000 in 2007, Paris Turkish Abstract Painters in 2011, and Artists in Their Time in 2016. In 2011, Albert Bitran also participated in the exhibition Beyond the Apparent. A Selection from the Art Collection of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey at the Pera Museum in Istanbul.

Towards the end of the 1990s, Bitran sold his house in the Lot region of France and moved to Normandy, where he built a large studio filled with light. He also left his studio in Paris for Montrouge, a Parisian suburb where he set up a large studio in a former cinema. In this new studio, he created sculptures and large format paintings, such as the Arcades works, which he sometimes built in the form of triptychs.

Albert Bitran’s later work: the noirs & retrouver Degas

In the early 2000s, Albert Bitran was drawn to take a new direction in his artistic investigations. He was driven to explore the world of black, which gradually invaded his work, using oils, charcoal, Indian ink and gouache. These works were exhibited at the Galerie des Tuiliers in Lyon in 2012 under the title Érosion des noirs, with a text by Gérard-Georges Lemaire.

In 2004, Claude Bitran and the art historian Clotilde Scordia began archiving Bitran’s body of work. This would form the basis of the artist’s catalogue raisonné, which is currently being prepared by the artist’s daughters Hélène de Panafieu and Mariane Bitran Spang-Hanssen, along with Clotilde Scordia.

In 2006, Albert Bitran participated in the exhibition L’Envolée Lyrique. Paris 1945-1956. Presented at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, the exhibition brought the post-war Lyrical Abstraction movement back into the limelight.

In 2010, Bitran presented his works at the Grosvenor Gallery in London with the exhibition Obliques. The artist visited the city for the opening, and it was during this stay that he visited the Courtauld Gallery. In fact, Bitran’s puzzled son-in-law had told him that someone was imitating his work. Bitran figured out why when he discovered the painting La Dame au parasol [Lady with a Parasol] by Edgar Degas. Indeed, his whole range of artistic vocabulary could be found within the work, from the curves and verticals to the small round hole. The painting’s colour palette is also similar to Bitran’s palette. The discovery gave him great satisfaction—Degas was one of the painters he most admired, along with Édouard Manet. Back in Montrouge, Bitran pursued this new direction in his work, isolating the elements, deconstructing and reconstructing the entirety of his compositions on large paper backgrounds and canvases. These works were later exhibited at the Galerie Convergences in Paris in 2017 under the title Affinités en Noir majeur. Retrouver Degas.

 The painter Albert Bitran died on 9 November 2018 in Paris. The following year, a new monograph on Albert Bitran was published by Editions Liénart with the text Bitran ou la question de l’œil by Claude Lefort and a new text entitled La Traversée de la peinture by Jean-Luc Chalumeau, which retraced Albert Bitran’s career from Istanbul to Paris.

© Diane de Polignac Gallery
Translation: Jane Mac Avock

albert bitran - portrait artist 1991

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Selected collections

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Stedelijk Museum

Berkeley, CA, USA, University Museum

Brussels, Belgium, King Baudouin Foundation

Charlottenlund, Denmark, Gentofte Radhus

Copenhagen, Denmark, Ny Carlsbergfondet

Copenhagen, Denmark, Statens Museum for Kunst

Curaçao, Bloemhof Foundation

Geneva, Switzerland, Fondation Gandur pour l’Art

Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul Modern

Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul Museum of Painting and Sculpture (Istanbul Resim ve Heykel Müzesi)

Havana, Cuba, Cuban State Collection

The Hague, the Netherlands, Kunstmuseum Den Haag

London, UK, Contemporary Art Society

Los Angeles, CA, USA, Grunwald Graphic Arts Foundation

Lund, Sweden, Lunds Konsthall

Lyon, France, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Montpellier, France, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC) – Occitanie

Nantes, France, Musée d’Arts

Oslo, Norway, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter

La Défense, Paris, France, Fonds national d’art contemporain (FNAC)

Paris, France, Musée d’Art Moderne

Paris, France, Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou

Perpignan, France, Musée d’Art Hyacinthe-Rigaud

Providence, RI, USA, Rhode Island School of Design Museum

Randers, Denmark, Randers Kunstmuseum

Saint-Dié, France, Musée Municipal

Salzburg, Austria, Rupertinum – Museum der Moderne Salzburg

San Francisco, CA, USA, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Toulouse, France, Les Abattoirs

Utrecht, the Netherlands, Centraal Museum

Vienna, Austria, Museum of the Twentieth Century

Wellington, New Zealand, National Art Gallery of New Zealand

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Selected exhibitions

Salon de l’Art libre, Paris, 1950

Solo exhibitions, Galerie Arnaud, Paris, 1951, 1952

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Palais des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 1951; Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959; Musée Municipal d’Art Moderne, Paris, 1960-1965

Primera Muestra Internacional de Arte Abstracto, Sala Cuatros Muros, Caracas, 1952

Mostra di Francesi e Italiani, Saletta Gissi, Turin, 1953

Pittori della Galleria Arnaud, Casa della Cultura, Livorno, 1953

Divergences, Galerie du Théâtre Babylone, Paris, 1953

Baertling. Breer. Bitran, Galerie Denise René, Paris, 1954

Evolution, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, 1955

Accrochage, Galerie Octobon, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, 1955

Bitran. Childs, Jorn. Quentin. Tabouchi. Van Haardt. Liberaki. Werthmann, Galerie Iris Clert, Paris, 1956

Salon de Mai, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 1956-1975; Centre Culturel in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, 1970; Galerie de l’Esplanade in La Défense, 1976, 1977

Comparaisons. Peinture. Sculpture, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 1956

Pintura de hoy, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1956

Maestri e giovanni pittori d’oggi, Galeria Apollinaire, Milan, 1956

Solo exhibitions, Galerie Ariel, Paris, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1966, 1975

Group exhibitions, Galerie Ariel, Paris, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1980 (Salon Comparaisons & FIAC), 1987, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2009

Group exhibition, Galerie Anne Abels, Cologne, 1957

Bulcke, Bitran, Galerie Les Contemporains, Brussels, 1958

Group exhibition, Galerie Nova Spectra, The Hague, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1966, 1968

El arte abstracto en Europa, Museum of Cuba, 1958

Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, 1958

20 peintres américains, 20 peintres français, American Center for Art & Culture, Paris, 1959

Peintres d’Aujourd’hui, Chapelle de l’Ancien Hôpital de la Charité, Senlis (France), 1959

Group exhibitions, Galerie Lucien Durand, Paris, 1959, 1960, 1963

Gothenburg Museum, Gothenburg (Sweden),1959

Paris 1959, Galerie Blanche, Stockholm, 1959

Solo exhibition, Stephen Hahn Gallery, New York, 1960

The Margulies Collection, Arts Council, London, 1960

Group exhibition, Galerie La Roue, Paris, 1960

Group exhibition, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden, 1960

Solo exhibition, Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, 1961

Reflets et images, Galerie de l’Ancienne Comédie, Paris, 1961

Group exhibition, K.B. Gallery, Oslo, 1961

Moltzau Collection, Kunstindustrimuseet, Oslo, 1961

Group exhibition, Galerie Massol, Paris, 1962

Group exhibition, Galerie Cavalero, Valauris (France), 1962

Aquarelles et gouaches de maîtres contemporains, Maison de la Pensée Française, Paris, 1962

École de Paris 1962, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1962

École de Paris 1963, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1963

L’Œil de bœuf, Galerie Cérès Franco, Paris, 1963

Sculptures de peintres, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, 1963

L’Ombre et la Lumière, Galerie Henriette Legendre, Paris, 1963

25 peintres de Paris, Handvermuset, Uméa, Sweden; Hallands Kunstforening, Sweden, 1963

Fremmed Kunst I Dans, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, 1964

Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, 1964

L’art et la révolution algérienne, Galerie de l’U.N.A.P, Alger, 1964

Solo exhibition, Galerie Nova Spectra, The Hague, 1964

Exhibition Autour du livre “L’Atelier”, Galerie La Hune, Paris, 1964

Solo exhibition, Galerie Arta, The Hague, 1965

Le paysage dans l’art français, Musée de Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis, 1965

Lybinka, Bitran, Mihaïlovitch, Handversmuset, Uméa, Sweden, 1965

Exhibition Autour du livre “Épreuves” avec Jean-Louis Baudry, Galerie La Balance, Brussels, 1966

15 peintres de ma génération, Galerie L’Atelier, Toulouse, 1966

Group exhibitions, Galerie Françoise Ledoux, Paris, 1966, 1967

De Tolv, touring exhibition travelling to museums in Scandinavia, 1966

Peintures contemporaines, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, 1966

Peintures de l’École de Paris, Galerie Dalles, Bordeaux, 1966

Group exhibitions, Galerie Birch, Copenhagen, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983

L’Âge du jazz, Musée Galliera, Paris, 1967

Les Quatre éléments, Cimaise Bonaparte, Paris, 1967

Salon de Mayo, Havana, 1967

L’art pour la paix au Vietnam, Galerie Creuze, Paris, 1967

23 painters in Paris, Seibu International, Tokyo, 1967

Exposition des marchands d’art, Galerie Louise, Brussels, 1967

Collective canvas, Havana, 1967

Group exhibition, Galerie La Bazarine, Paris, 1968

Asse, Bitran, Bryen, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes, 1968

Première biennale de dessin, Museum of Modern Art, Rijeka, Croatia, 1968

Touring exhibition of Cultural Affairs in Canada and Central Europe, 1968

Noir et blanc, group exhibition, Musée de la Ville d’Ivry, Ivry, 1969

Kunsturstelling, Genthofte Radhaus, 1969

Group exhibitions, Galerie La Pochade, Paris, 1969, 1970, 1985

25 ans de gravure, group exhibition, Galerie La Hune, Paris, 1969

Group exhibition, Galerie Stéphane Janssen, Brussels, 1969

Group exhibition, Studio Erre, Rome, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1977

Paintings, drawings and ceramics, group exhibition, Randers Museum, Denmark, 1970

3ème Biennale des Arts plastiques, Gennevilliers, 1970

Présence européenne, group exhibition, Galerie Vercamer, Paris, 1970

L’art dans l’architecture, group exhibition, Les Halles, Paris, 1970

Le Jardin de Matisse. Fête du Centenaire d’Henri Matisse, Salle des Fêtes, Châtillon, 1970

Le Musée dans la rue, Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, 1971

Villeneuve-sur-Lot Biennale, 1971

Présence européenne, Galleria La Bussola, Turin, 1971

Institut National d’Éducation Populaire, Marly-le-Roy (France), 1971

Group exhibition, Galerie Lerche, Aalborg (Denmark), 1972

Hommage au peuple espagnol, Maison de la Culture, Vichy, 1972

Solo exhibitions, Galleria d’Arte La Lanterna, Trieste, 1972, 1978

Lithographies, group exhibition, Centre Culturel Juif, Paris, 1972

3ème foire internationale d’art actuel, Bruges, 1972

Group exhibition, Galerie l’Œil de Bœuf, Paris, 1972

Festival de Beauvais, 1972

Cent artistes du XXe siècle, Galerie La Hune and Galerie La Pochade, Paris, 1973

Pour Pablo Picasso, Saint-Étienne du Rouvray, 1973

Group exhibitions, Galerie de Boer, Amsterdam, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1992, 1995

Group exhibition, Nouvelle Galerie Jacob, Paris, 1973

Group exhibition, Galerie Gilles Corbeil, Montreal, 1973

Group exhibition, Château du Tremblay, 1973

Group exhibition, Galleria Seno, Milan, 1974

Group exhibition, Municipal Gallery, Vitry, 1974

Donation Gildas Fardel, Musée de Nantes, Nantes, 1974

Les Doubles, solo exhibition, Galerie de Boer, Amsterdam, 1975

Group exhibition, Galerie Nord, Randers, 1975

Albert Bitran, Galerie Protée, Toulouse, 1975

Bitran ou la question de l’œil, book by Claude Lefort, Galerie La Hune, Paris, 1975

Autour de Pierre Dmitrienko, Galerie 55, Paris, 1975

L’art dans la ville, Vitry-sur-Seine, 1975

Group exhibition, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 1975

Contemporary French painting, National Art Gallery, New Zealand, 1975

The Painters of the School of Paris, Jakarta, 1975

The Paris School, Main Gallery, Philippines, 1975

International Print Biennale, Krakow, 1975

65 peintres et sculpteurs témoignent leur amitié à Roger van Gindertael, Galerie Ariel and Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris (FIAC), 1976

N.K.B., group exhibition, Singer Museum, the Netherlands, 1976

Collection d’art abstrait, touring group exhibition, Nantes Museum ; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper ; Musée d’Art Moderne André-Malraux, Le Havre, 1976

Bitran. Gravures, Galerie Arta, The Hague, 1976

Group exhibition, Galerie Principe, Paris, 1977

Solo exhibitions, Galerie Nord, Randers, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1986

Bitran. Dessins, La Petite Galerie, Lyon, 1978

Sekset. Cycle de six tableaux pour un spectateur, solo exhibition, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, 1978

Group exhibitions, Galerie Alain, Paris, 1978, 1982

Group exhibition, Galerie Arcadia, Paris, 1978

Group exhibition, Ariadne, Copenhagen, 1978

L’Espace du temps, group exhibition, Maison de la Culture, Grenoble, 1978

FIAC, Atelier Bellini, Paris, 1978

Salon de Montrouge, 1978

Les Huns, group exhibition, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, 1978

Sekset, solo exhibition, Sonja Henie-Niels Onstad Art Center, Oslo, 1979

Graphiques, solo exhibition, New York International Art Exhibition, 1979

Sekstet, paintings, solo exhibition, Trondhjems Kunstforening, Norway, 1979

Gravures, solo exhibition, Atelier Bellini, FIAC, Paris, 1979

Sextuor, solo exhibition, Galerie de Boer, Amsterdam, 1979

Bitran, Traklhaus Museum, Salzburg, 1979

Hommage à Gustave Moreau, Salon de Montrouge, 1979

Peintres de l’abstraction lyrique à Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Town Hall of the 6th arrondissement, Paris, 1980

Sextet, solo exhibition, Museum Carolino Augusteum, Salzburg, 1980

Cent dessins d’aujourd’hui, Municipal Gallery, Vitry, 1980

Bitran, Wash Art, Atelier Bellini, Washington ; Union des Arts Plastiques, Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, 1980

Odense, group exhibition, Kunst Center, Denmark, 1981

Bitran. Peintures, dessins, graphiques, Musée de Saint-Dié, 1981

La gravure dans tous ses états, group exhibition, Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Le bronze, group exhibition, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, 1982

Bitran, gravures, Palais des Congrès, Perpignan ; Galerie Saint-Vicens, Perpignan, 1982

Bitran, Centre Culturel des Prémontrés, Pont-à-Mousson, 1982

Albert Bitran, dessins, Galleri Praestegaarden, Denmark, 1982

Bitran in the Danish collections, Randers Kunstmuseum, Randers, Denmark, 1982

Lithographies, group exhibition, Château de Blois, Blois, France 1982

Bitran. Abidin, Praestegarden Gallery, Rudbjerg (Denmark), 1982

Retrospective of engraved work, solo exhibition, Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Istanbul, 1983

Tendances de la peinture abstraite, Centre Culturel, La Villedieu, 1983

Tendances de la peinture abstraite, Aubigny-sur-Nère, 1983

Les tendances de l’art abstrait contemporains, Chapelle des Franciscains, Saint-Nazaire, 1983

Journée nationale des arts plastiques, Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, 1983

Aspects de la peinture contemporaine, MJC, Les Hauts de Belleville, Paris, 1984

Charles Estienne et l’art à Paris 1945-1966, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris, 1984

Tendances de la peinture abstraite contemporaine, Centre Culturel, Sarcelles, 1984

VIIème Festival de poésie murale, Aubigny-sur-Nère, 1984

Les années 60, group exhibition, Musée de Dunkerque, Dunkirk ; Espace des Cordeliers, Châteauroux ; Chapelle des Franciscains, Saint-Nazaire, 1985

Maître des années 50, Galerie de Bellecour, Lyon, 1985

La Matière, group exhibition, Galerie Cical-Lefèvre, Paris, 1986

Albert Bitran, Galerie Numaga, Auvernier, 1986

Support papier, touring group exhibition organised by Action Artistique en Amérique du Sud, 1986

Udstillingsbygningen, group exhibition, Charlottenburg, Denmark, 1986

Support papier, group exhibition, French Library, Bucharest, 1987

10ème festival de poésie murale, Château des Stuart, Aubigny-sur-Nère, 1987

Collages, papiers collés et reliefs, Espace Molière, Agde, 1987

Fransk-Norsk kunstutstilling, Trondheim University, Norway, 1987

Solo exhibitions, Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, 1987, 1990, 1992 (Paris and Art Basel, Düsseldorf)

Bitran, Galerie Brix, Copenhagen, 1988

Bitran et les écrivains, Copenhagen University, 1988

Abstraction expressions-confrontations, Galerie Bernard Davignon, Paris, 1988

Group exhibitions, Boisserée Gallery, Cologne, 1988, 1994, 1997, 2000 (the gallery & Art Cologne)

Salon de Mars, Paris, 1989

Solo exhibitions, Galerie Johannes Schilling, Cologne, 1990, 1993

Poètes en Sologne, Aubigny-sur-Nère, 1990

Art Jonction International, Nice, 1990

Propos d’artistes contre le racisme, Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris, 1990

Albert Bitran, Art Point Gallery, Tokyo, 1990

Albert Bitran. Rétrospective, Hôtel Donadei de Campredon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 1991

Bitran. Dessins, Galerie Annie Lagier, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 1991

L’Homme aux semelles de vent, Théâtre de la Colline, Paris, 1991

Œuvres des années 60, group exhibition, Galerie Studio Kostel, Paris, 1991

Édition 2/91 Basel, Editions Cillart, Basel, 1991

Group exhibitions, Galerie Johannes Schilling, Cologne, 1983, 1992, 2001

Traverses du vent, L’Arbre Voyageur, Paris, 1992

Solo exhibition, Rupertinum Museum, Salzburg, 1993

Rimbaud. Vingt peintres, vingt auteurs contemporains, Musée de la Chartreuse, Douai, 1993

Albert Bitran. Peintures, dessins 1980-1992, Maison des Arts Georges-Pompidou, Cajarc, 1993

Bitran, Galerie Annie Lagier, Toulouse, 1993

Solo exhibition, Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles, 1993

Bitran. Gouaches et techniques mixtes, Galerie Protée, Toulouse, 1993

Group exhibitions, Galerie Henry Bussière, Paris, 1994, 1996

Michel Bohbot, un itinéraire poétique, Médiathèque de Nice, Nice, 1994

Rimbaud…, Musée de l’Ardenne, Charleville-Mézières, 1994

Un jury d’artistes, Musée de Vitry, 1994

Autour d’une collection, le président et Madame Georges Pompidou, Maison des Arts Georges Pompidou, Cajarc, 1994

Group exhibitions, Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, 1995, 1999

Les petits formats de Maître Rey, Musée Rigaud, Perpignan, 1995

De l’art d’Afrique moderne aux sources de la création, Sisteron, 1995

Carte Blanche à Bernard Gouttenoire, Galerie Alice Chartier, Lyon, 1995

Éventails d’artistes contemporains, Espace Riquet, Béziers, 1996

Albert Bitran Sextuor, Temple de Caussade, 1996

Group exhibitions, Galerie La Hune-Brenner, Paris, 1996, 1997

Von des Afrikanischen zur Modern Kunst, Galerie der Stadt, Tuttlingen (Germany), 1996

Saga, group exhibition, Espace Eiffel-Branly, Paris, 1996

Bitran, Galerie Frahm, Copenhagen, 1997

Albert Bitran, Galerie Couleurs du Temps, Geneva, 1997

Bitran, Ivackovic, Marfaing, Studio Kostel, Paris, 1997

Albert Bitran, Kemerler. Arcades, solo exhibition, Aksanat, Istanbul, 1997

Albert Bitran, Kemerler, Galeri Nev, Istanbul, 1997, 1998

Correspondances : l’art informel en France et en Allemagne, Château de Vaudrémont, Colombey-les-deux-Églises, 1998

Albert Bitran. Arcades, Espace Ecureuil, Toulouse, 1998

De Manet à Bacon. Collection Jacqueline Delubac, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, 1998

A vos souhaits : vœux d’artistes, Musée Pierre Noël, Saint-Dié, 1999

25 ans de collection d’art contemporain, SACEM, Paris, 1999

Galerie Louis Carré, histoire et actualité, Hôtel Donadeï de Campredon, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 2000

Paris Okulu ve Türk Ressamlari. Paris : 1945- 1960. L’École de Paris et les peintres turcs [Paris : 1945-1960. The School of Paris and Turkish painters], Yapi Kredi Kâzim Taskent Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, 2000

Îles insurgées, Librairie Nicaise, Paris, 2000

AREA Revues, La Réserve, Paris, 2000, 2002

Supérieur inconnu, Chapelle de la Visitation, Thonon-les-Bains, 2001

50 ans de la Galerie Ariel, Galerie Ariel, Galerie Louis Carré, Galerie Thomas Le Guillou, Paris, 2002

Carnet de dessins, solo exhibition, Artcurial, Paris, 2003

La main parle, solo exhibition, Hôtel Libéral-Bruant, Paris, 2004

Group exhibitions, Galerie Arnoux, Paris, 2004, 2007

Nâzim Hikmet Vakfi Sergisi, International Art Fair, Izmir, 2004

50 ans de peinture en France. Une galerie-une collection, Musée Henri-Martin, Cahors ; Musée Rignaud, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie ; Musée Zadkine, Les Arques, 2005

Artistes du XXIème siècle, Galerie Guillaume, Paris, 2005

Splendeur des années 1950 et 1960, Johnson & Johnson, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 2005

L’Envolée Lyrique. Paris 1945-1956, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 2006

Summer Exhibition, Galleria Michelangelo, Bergamo, 2006

L’Action pensive, Musée de Gajac, Villeneuve-sur-Lot, 2007

Tout n’est pas noir ou blanc, Espace Dasquié, Cahors, 2007

Regard de collectionneur, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Perpignan, 2007

Modern ve Ötesi: 1950–2000. Modern and beyond: 1950–2000, SantralIstanbul, Istanbul, 2007

Lecciones de Tinieblas, Academia 13, Mexico, 2007

Hommage à André Marfaing, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, 2007

Albert Bitran. 1955–2005, Galeri Nev, Ankara, 2008

Eller [The Hands], solo exhibition, Institut Français, Istanbul, 2008

Abstract selection, Bloemhof Landhuis, Curaçao, 2008

La Collection, Bloemhof Foundation, Curaçao, 2008

La Collection, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Perpignan ; Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, 2008

Le noir absolu et la leçon des ténèbres, group exhibition, Villa Tamaris Centre d’Art, La Seyne-sur-Mer, 2009

Espace d’Art Contemporain Baudoin, Antony, 2010

Solo exhibition, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 2010 (Obliques), 2011

L’École de Paris turque, Musée du Montparnasse, Paris, 2010

Le gris : ouverture sur la couleur, Galerie 53, Paris, 2010

Kafka, Centre Culturel, Antony, 2010

Biennale Traces, Fort de Condé, Val de l’Aisne, 2010

L’École de Paris. Nejad Devrim et Albert Bitran, Galerie de l’Exil, Paris, 2010

Hommage à Patricia Rumfola, Église Saint-Etienne, Beaugency, 2010

Nano-poèmes. Avec Jean-Dominique Rey, solo exhibition, Le Pont Traversé, Paris, 2011

20 Modern Turkish Artists of the XXth Century. Öner Kocabeyoğlu Collection. Ecole de Paris Turkish Abstract Painters, SantralIstanbul, Istanbul, 2011

Suretin Sireti. Merkez Bankasi Sanat Koleksiyonundan Bir Seçki. Beyond the Apparent. A selection from the Art Collection of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, Pera Museum, Istanbul, 2011

Solo exhibition, Galerie des Tuiliers, Lyon, 2012

Méandres, solo exhibition, Centre d’Art Contemporain Raymond Farbos, Mont-de-Marsan, 2013

Modernités plurielles, 1905-1970, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2013

Group exhibitions, Galerie des Tuiliers, Lyon, 2013 (the gallery & Art Élysées), 2017

Le Noir absolu, group exhibition, Galerie Grand Eterna, Paris, 2013

Albert Bitran. Huiles sur papier, Galerie Convergences, Paris, 2015

Dérives, group exhibition, Galerie Brun-Léglise, Paris

Artists in Their Time, SantralIstanbul, Istanbul, 2016

Regard sur Albert Bitran, Elfebeen Mansion, Luxembourg, 2016

Le Geste et la Matière, group exhibition, Fondation Clément, Martinique, 2017

Turkish painting goes to Paris, Antalya Cultural Center, Antalya, 2017

Selections, group exhibition, MKM Cultural Center, Istanbul, 2017

Affinités en noir majeur, Galerie Convergences and Galerie Gratadou-Intuiti, Paris, 2017

Albert Bitran, Galerie Bertrand Trocmez, Clermont-Ferrand, 2019

BRAFA, Martel-Greiner Gallery, Brussels, 2020

Deux peintres, deux sculpteurs : Albert Bitran, Léon Zack, Étienne-Martin, François Stahly, Galerie Martel-Greiner, Paris

Istanbul-Montparnasse. Les Peintres Turcs de l’École de Paris. Autour du livre de Clotilde Scordia, La Petite Galerie, Paris, 2021

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Selected bibliography

Henri-Pierre Roché (preface), Baertling, Breer, Bitran, Galerie Denise René, Paris, 1954

Charles Estienne (preface), Galerie Ariel, Paris, 1957

Michel Seuphor, Dictionnaire de la peinture abstraite, Hazan, Paris, 1957

Ulf Linde (preface), Galerie Blanche, Stockholm, 1959

Michel Courtois, Bitran, Galerie Ariel, Paris, 1961

Karl K. Ringström, (preface), Trois peintres de l’École de Paris à Oslo, Galerie Bernsten, Oslo, 1961

Ed Wingen (preface), Bitran, Galerie Nova Spectra, La Haye, 1962

Karl K. Ringström (preface), Bitran, Galerie Ariel, Paris, 1963

Raoul-Jean Moulin, Lybinka, Bitran, Mihaïlovitch, Handwerksmuseet, Uméa, 1965

Hélène Parmelin, Esquisse pour un portrait, Galerie Ariel, Paris, 1969

Michel Ragon, Michel Seuphor, L’Art abstrait, Maeght Éditeur, Paris, 1971, t. 3 & 4

Ed Wingen (preface), Bitran, Nallard, Geer van Velde, Galerie de Boer, Amsterdam, 1974

Jean-Louis Baudry (preface), Doubles, Galerie Ariel, Paris, 1975

Claude Lefort, Bitran ou la question de l’œil, monograph, SMI, Paris, “L’art se raconte” Collection, 1975

Ed Wingen (preface), Doubles, Galerie de Boer, Amsterdam, 1975

Pierre Cabanne, Dictionnaire international des arts, Bordas, Paris, 1975

Robert Maillard (edited by), Dictionnaire universel de la peinture, 1975, Volume 1

Maurice Roche (preface), La Petite Galerie, Lyon, 1978

Manès Sperber (preface), Traklhaus, Salzburg, 1979

V. Villadsen, Albert Bitran, Kunstmuseum, Randers, 1983

Jean-Clarence Lambert, Charles Estienne et l’art à Paris, 1945-1966, Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques, Paris, 1984

Gérard Xuriguera, Les années 50, Arted, Paris, 1984

Gérard Xuriguera, Regards sur la peinture contemporaine. La création picturale de 1945 à 1983, Arted, Paris, 1985

Bitran, Galerie du Nord, Randers, 1986

Jean-Dominique Rey, Albert Bitran, peintures, Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, 1987

Jean Paris (preface), Albert Bitran. Œuvres sur papier, Galerie Louis Carré, Paris, 1990

Jean-Dominique Rey, Albert Bitran, Gallery Art Point, Tokyo, 1990

Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Albert Bitran. Rétrospective, Société de la propriété artistique des dessins et modèles (SPADEM), Paris, 1991

Jean-Luc Chalumeau (preface), Albert Bitran, Centre Campredon Art et Culture, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 1991

Georges Borgeaud, Albert Bitran. L’Œuvre 1949-1992, monograph, Ides et Calendes, Neuchâtel, 1992

Lydia Harambourg, L’École de Paris, 1945-1965, Dictionnaire des peintres, Ides et Calendes, Neuchâtel, 1993, (update by Clotilde Scordia, Ides et Calendes, Neuchâtel, 2010)

Dora Vallier and Claire Stoullig, Albert Bitran. Peintures, dessins, 1980-1992, Arts et Dialogues Européens, Cahors, 1993

Daniel Lacomme, Figuration et abstraction dans le dessin et la peinture, Bordas, Paris, 1994

Dominique Brachlianoff, Christian Briend, De Manet à Bacon, la collection de Jacqueline Delubac, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 1998

Pierre Daix, Albert Bitran. Arcades, Caisse d’Épargne de Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, 1998

Jacques Busse (edited by), E. Benezit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays par un groupe d’écrivains spécialistes français et étrangers, “Albert Bitran”, Gründ, Paris, 1999 (new edition)

Amélie Edgü, L’École de Paris et les peintres turcs : 1945–1960. Paris Okulu ve Türk Ressamlari Paris : 1945-1960, YPK, Istanbul, 2000

Jean-Pierre Delarge, Dictionnaire des arts plastiques modernes et contemporains, Gründ, Paris, 2001

Patrick-Gilles Persin, 50 ans de la galerie Ariel, Paris, 2002

Lydia Harambourg, 50 ans de peinture. Une galerie, une collection, Musée Henri-Martin, Cahors, 2005

Gaye Petek, (edited by), Une école de Paris turque dans la peinture turque, ELELE, Istanbul, 2005

Jacky Akoun, Répertoire biographique d’artistes de tous les pays des XIXe et XXe siècles, La Cote de l’Amateur, Paris, 2005

Fabienne Bideaud, Albert Bitran et l’abstraction géométrique, 1950-1955, second year Master’s thesis under the supervision of Serge Lemoine and Isabelle Ewig, 2006

Patrick-Gilles Persin (edited by), L’Envolée lyrique. Paris 1945-1956, Skira, Milan, 2006

Fulya Erdemci, Semra Germaner, Orhan Koçak, Modern ve Ötesi : 1950-2000. Modern and Beyond: 1950-2000, SantralIstanbul, Istanbul, 2008

Gérard-Georges Lemaire, Albert Bitran. Paintings & Drawings. Obliques, Grosvenor Gallery, London, 2010

Gérard-Georges Lemaire, Gris : ouverture sur la couleur, Galerie 53, Paris, 2010

L’École de Paris. Néjad Devrim. Albert Bitran, Galerie de l’Exil, Paris, 2010

Ferit Edgü, 1940-2000. 20 Modern Turkish Artists of the XXth Century. Papko-Öner Kocabeyoglu Collection, SantralIstanbul, Istanbul, 2010

Gérard-Georges Lemaire, Albert Bitran. Érosion des noirs, Galerie des Tuiliers, Lyon, 2012

Gérard-Georges Lemaire, Albert Bitran : de ses ambigüités et des beautés qui en résultent, catalogue from the exhibition Méandres, Mont-de-Marsan, 2013

Catherine Grenier (edited by), Modernités plurielles, 1905-1970, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2013

Gérard-Georges Lemaire, Albert Bitran ou le funambulisme pictural, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Convergences, Paris, 2015

Véronique Koehler, Albert Bitran. Affinités en noir majeur. Retrouver Degas, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Convergences and Galerie Gratadou-Intuiti, Paris, 2017

Christian Briend, Le Geste et la matière. Une abstraction « autre ». Paris, 1945-1965, Somogy, Paris, 2017

Jean-Luc Chalumeau, Claude Lefort, Albert Bitran, monograph, Liénart, Paris, 2019

Renaud Faroux, Albert Bitran, Peintures, Galerie Bertrand Trocmez, Clermont-Ferrand, 2019

Clotilde Scordia, Istanbul-Montparnasse. Les Peintres Turcs de l’École de Paris, Déclinaison, Paris, 2021

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS

Illustrated books

Georges Boudaille, L’Atelier, Impriludes, Paris, 1964

Jean-Louis Baudry, Épreuves, La Balance, Brussels, 1966

Edouard Roditi, Hababuc, translated from the English by Alain Bosquet, SMI, Paris, 1972

Alain Bosquet, Albert Bitran. Dessins 1955-1975, SMI, Paris, 1977

Albert Memmi, Le Mirliton du Ciel, Lahabé, Paris, 1985

Jean-Dominique Rey, Fleuve, Atelier Clot, Bramsen et Georges, Paris, 1986

Paul Mayer, Naître à la vue, Pour le Plaisir, Paris, 1992

Jean-Dominique Rey, Traverses du vent, Dumerchez, Paris, 1992

Jean-Dominique Rey, Lever l’encre, S.A.I.G., L’Haÿ-les-Roses, 1998

Pierre Daix, La lumière de l’image et Albert Bitran, Carnet de dessins, La Main Parle, Paris, 2003

Jean-Dominique Rey, Albert Bitran, Nano Poèmes, published by the author, Imprimerie des Montquartiers, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 2011