MUSÉE D'ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS, PARIS (FR)   26 January 2018 - 20 May 2018

Jean Fautrier. Matière et lumière

Thirty years after a previous retrospective devoted to the artist in the same venue, this exhibition presents some 200 artworks, including almost 160 paintings, drawings and engravings.

Curators : Fabrice Herrgott and Dieter Schwarz

Although rarely exhibited, Jean Fautrier is today considered to be the most important precursor to informal art, a movement that appeared in 1928; he was renowned for his thick impasto technique in the 1940s, and was a major figure in the renewal of modern art following Cubism.

In his famous series—Otages (1943-1945), Objets (1955), Nus (1956), Partisans (1957)—the material effects become the main subject or focus of the painting. Jean Fautrier used a paint mixed with glue which bound the masses of pigment to the transparent and/or opaque ink, resulting in an intentional, luminous harmony, where the impasto effect and various textures may be said to generate a certain sense of anxiety.

For this retrospective, the Fondation has lent Sarah, a portrait executed in 1943, and one of the artist’s key pieces.

Press review

Les Echos — 12.01.2018
« Jean Fautrier : le géant sous-estimé »

Le Quotidien de l'Art — 08.01.2018
« Les grandes expositions de l'année »

Beaux Arts Magazine — 01.01.2018
« Jean Fautrier, virtuose de la matière »

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Work on loan