Jean Degottex (1918-1988) is a French painter, considered as a major artist of the abstraction movement in the second half of the twentieth century and a significant inspiration for contemporary art.
Known in particular for his initial proximity with the lyrical abstraction movement, and for André Breton’s admiration, he followed a singular path, each time period exhausting some formal possibility to open the door to what follows: from gesture to sign, from sign to writing, from writing to the line. His work remains that of extreme minimalism, where rigor never takes precedence over sensitivity.
His work earned him the Kandinsky Prize in 1951 and the French National Painting Prize in 1981. His works are present in many public collections, including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, the Guggenheim (New York) and the Pinacoteca Gutai (Osaka).
Abstract artists set out to form a universal language that could be understood by all. That idea was influenced by the calligraphy of Asia and North Africa.+ read more
The exhibition La libération de la peinture, 1945-1962 presents a panorama of the main trends in art that emerged in the post-war climate+ read more
Exhibition bringing together a group of historical works of post-war abstraction+ read more
and European avant-gardes in the 60’s
Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Warsaw, Poland.+ read more
A documentary by Sophie Maurer, directed by Yvon Croizier for France Culture’s radio program “Une Vie, une oeuvre”.+ read more