Jacques Monory Spéciale n°63 2009 , Öl auf Leinwand 100 x 100 cm

From April 27 to June 18, 2011 – Galerie Ernst Hilger

French painter (b Paris, 25 June 1934), printmaker, photographer and film maker. He studied at the Ecole des Arts Appliques, Paris, from 1951 to 1955 and worked as a model maker. His first paintings, exhibited in Paris in 1955 and 1959 and influenced both by Art informel and by Surrealist fantasy, were almost all destroyed by him in 1962 as a gesture of rejection of the aesthetics of the Ecole de Paris. In its place he adopted a representational style based on photographic reproduction, rendering his images tonally in shades of Rembrandt blue, as in For All that We See or Seem is a Dream within a Dream (1967; Marseille, Mus. Cantini). He allied himself with the renewal of figurative art inspired by modern life then taking place in Europe in response to Pop art; Eduardo Arroyo, the painter Peter Klasen (b 1935) and the French painter Bernard Rancillac (b 1931) were among the artists with whom he was closely associated in influential group exhibitions of the time, and with whom he was associated as part of a wave of ‘new figuration’.

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