"Postwar Abstract Painting in France and Art Informel" Exhibition

Bridgestone Museum of Art

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Art Informel is an avant-garde movement in painting that centered in Paris after World War II. In French, “informel” means “without set form”: “Art Informel” is the term devised by the critic Michel Tapié for advocating the new type of abstract painting that appeared in France after the war. This movement’s pioneers were Jean Fautrier, Wols, and Jean Dubuffet, though other artists involved with it included Georges Mathieu, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Henri Michaux, Pierre Soulages, Zao Wou-Ki, Hisao Domoto, and Toshimitsu Imai. These artists cast off the representational, structural, and geometric concepts that had held sway in painting, in order to experiment with expressing the subconscious, unconstrained by reason. This exhibition introduces about 100 paintings by artists who sought in postwar France to create a new approach to painting that would transcend the achievements of Monet, Cézanne, and Picasso.

[Image: Nicolas de Staël, "Composition" (1948) Oil on canvas]



From 2011-04-29 To 2011-07-06



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