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).
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art, Moscou. Exhibition bringing together a group of historical works of post-war abstraction (Hans Hartung, Jean Bazaine, Nicolas de Staël, Victor Vasarely, Simon Hantaï), and works of Supports/Surfaces (Claude Viallat, Patrick Saytour, Jean-Pierre Pincemin). With the support of the Gandur Foundation for Art. Curator : Souria Sadekova.+ read more
and European avant-gardes in the 60’s
Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Varsovie, Pologne.+ read more
A documentary by Sophie Maurer, directed by Yvon Croizier for France Culture’s radio program “Une Vie, une oeuvre”.+ read more