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).
The traveling exhibition “The Shape of Freedom” presented at the Munchmuseet in Oslo, from February 23 to May 21, 2023, traces the history of post-war abstraction, in particular through the transatlantic dialogue between the United States and Europe and the birth of Abstract Expressionism and its European counterpart, Informal Art. The exhibition brings together 72 […]+ read more
The exhibition “At the heart of abstraction, Collection of the Gandur Foundation pour l’Art” presented at the Maeght Foundation, offers an immersion into nonfigurative art and its various trends from the 1950s to 1980 through a selection of hundred works from the Gandur Collection (Jean Degottex, Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell, Victor Vasarely, Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely among others.)+ read more
The exhibition « The Shape of Freedom: International Abstraction after 1945 » at the Museum Barberini, Postdam, focuses on the two most important currents of abstraction after the World War II: Abstract Expressionism in the United States and Art Informel in western Europe.+ read more
Jean Degottex’ committee and the Artist’s Estate are pleased to announce their collaboration with Kamel Mennour.+ read more
Previous stories of surrealism have focused on Paris in the 1920s. Based on extensive research, this exhibition will reach across the world and over 50 years. It will show how artists around the world have been inspired and united by surrealism – from centres as diverse as Buenos Aires, Cairo, Lisbon, Mexico City, Prague, Seoul, and Tokyo.+ read more
The exhibition Calder, Soulages, Vasarely… Plural Abstractions (1950-1980) takes place at the Musée d’art de Pully from March 2 to November 21, 2021.+ read more
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