THE POWER OF FRENCH CONTEMPORARY PAINTING – New beginnings Part 2
Dear Painting Lovers turns out the Internet was too small for all the greatness, so we post the article in two parts. Please find here the second part of our great article about Contemporary French Painting!
As a French painter myself, I’ve wanted to tell you more about the scene for YEARS. Many are missing – Lévy-Lasne’s conference included about 120 artists – so a tough selection was made. In this article, I will introduce a panorama of the scene from my humble position without elaborating on each painter. Please check websites and links for more information.
French Painting is still mostly associated with modernism – or even impressionism. And indeed, when New York replaced Paris as the Capital of Contemporary Art after WWII, the painting scene started to seriously wilt – excepting lyrical abstraction that I am willingly setting aside. In the ’80s, few were still talking about painting in France anymore. The Art Schools (Écoles des Beaux-Arts) in the ’90s and 00’s only taught seriously drawing and painting for one miserable year. Even when the students were interested, the teachers regularly pushed them over to other media. This is my experience, but also one of many colleagues I’ve encountered over the years. The Beaux-Arts de Paris kept some painting and drawing classes accessible, but they were clearly not the stars of the school.
But, surprisingly, painting survived and is now burgeoning with strength. As if this time of latency had prepared for a new beginning. Read Part 1 HERE
Michel Castaignet, Der Schlachtplan, acrylic on canvas, 220 x 180 cm, courtesy of the artist
Michel Castaignet, Sonnenbaden, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 180 cm, 2018, courtesy of the artist
Next shows: until the 12th of March 2019, Frauwelt, Gallery Maksla XO, Riga
Louisa Gagliardi, Slow Motion Scheming,114.8 x 164.8 cm, Nail polish, Gel medium, Ink on PVC, 114.8 x 164.8 cm, 2017, Photography: Damian Griffiths, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Pilar Corrias, London