roberto matta - peinture 1978 - viewingroom

Loïs Frederick

Untitled – 1978
Acrylic on paper mounted on cardboard
75 x 107,5 cm / 29.5 x 42.3 in.
Signed and dated “FREDERICK 78” lower left.

At the end of the 1960s, a new medium revolutionized Loïs Frederick’s painting: acrylic. It allowed her to enrich her palette even more. The colours are bright, dazzling, and fluorescent. Colour invaded everything and Loïs Frederick joined her American compatriots of the Colour Field and All Over movements. The painting no longer had any meaning, no borders, and no centre. All the techniques, finishes, all the materials, all the colours work for the light. This what Loïs Frederick sought ultimately: to recreate the effects of light. Like late Monet and like the Abstract Expressionists, Loïs Frederick plunges us into a poetic universe that is mysterious and meditative, built up on transparencies.

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Bernard Buffet

La Baume – 1997
Oil on canvas
130 x 89 cm / 51.1 x 35 in.
Signed “Bernard Buffet” upper right,
dated “1997” lower middle
Titled on reverse

Like many other modern painters, Bernard Buffet, fascinated by the colors and light of the South of France, settled in his house of La Baume, in Tourtour, Haut-Var. He painted many views of his house, which he loved dearly. La Baume thus became one of the symbols of the painter’s body of works.

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Gérard Schneider

Opus 47 B – 1953
Oil on canvas
130 x 97 cm / 51.2 x 38.2 in.
Signed and dated lower left , dated and titled on the reverse

Gérard Schneider’s reflexes in painting already emerge from this powerful painting: colour worked in depth by superimposed layers and glazes, broad and powerful brushstrokes and nervous layers that give dynamism to the overall composition. Schneider has here mastered all the elements of his language that will allow him shortly afterwards to free all the power of his “dramatic abstraction”.

guy de rougemont - peinture 1965 - viewing room

Guy de Rougemont

Untitled – 1965
Vinyl paint on canvas
146 x 97 cm / 57.5 x 38.2 in.
Dimensions on the reverse

During the 1960s, Rougemont started to work with the ellipse shape; the ellipse thus became the first geometrical shape to obsess the artist. Rougemont experimented with this elongated circle using vinyl paint on the flat surface of the canvas. The ellipse is also the shape Rougemont used to create his first pieces of furniture, such as his iconic Cloud Table.

le corbusier - papier 1937 - viewingroom

Le Corbusier

Untitled – 1937
20 x 30 cm / 7.8 x 11.8 in.
Mixed media on paper
Signed and dated ‘Le Corbusier 37’ lower left

“It’s in the practice of the visual arts that I found the intellectual vitality for my urban planning and architecture” said Le Corbusier. This artwork shows two figures in front of a white door that opens into a black space. The architecture is therefore present in this work and contributes an effect of perspective. The bright colours which were typical of the previous period of “Objects of poetic reaction” are also present. Here he has experimented with drawing outlines in a single gesture inspired by Matisse. This process was later called the “marriage of contours”. Le Corbusier then drew in a single line the outline of two objects or two female figures.

roberto matta - peinture 1963 - viewingroom

Roberto Matta

Untitled – c. 1963
Mixed media on canvas
100 x 100 cm / 39.37 x 39.37 in.

This artwork from 1963 is part of the ensemble of Terres (Earths) painted by Roberto Matta in Italy. The rough material is mixed with glues and applied to hessian. The use of these modest materials is doubtless influenced by Arte Povera artists. Matta realized that it “was possible to paint the process of change”. His search for a form that was constantly evolving comes from this revelation. This idea is applied to earth, a poor and rough material, it is transformed into pigment and reaches the status of a work of art.

jean miotte - peinture 1973 - viewingroom

Jean Miotte

Untitled – 1973
Acrylic on canvas
190 x 130 cm / 74.8 x 51.2 in.
Signed ‘Miotte’ lower right

“Painting is not a speculation of the mind or spirit, it’s a gesture from within” said Jean Miotte. His work is personal, unclassifiable, between Abstract Expressionism, Informal Art, Tachism … His paintings were created with an immediate gesture, a searing intensity. “Movement is my life” said Jean Miotte and for this, he was compared with Jackson Pollock.

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Marie Raymond

Le Quadrille – 1949
Oil on canvas
54 x 65 cm / 21.2 x 25.5 in.
Signed ‘M.Raymond’ lower right

After the second world war, Marie Raymond permanently chose abstraction. This artwork is a perfect example of her geometric abstraction from the late 1940s. Originally from the south of France, Marie Raymond likes to use warm colours in her works. Here, four yellow and orange shapes are distributed on a red background. A few light blue lines bring contrast. This organized composition makes us recall that Marie Raymond shared her Parisian studio with the painter Piet Mondrian.

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