He is one of the major figures in abstract art. This master of colour and light radiates in a retrospective.
His work is in no way figurative, however in front of more than one of his canvasses images of strange leaves in the sky spring to mind. Five years after his death, and despite his retreat from the art scene since the 1980s, Simon Hantaï is back on the fore of the art stage, thanks to an exhibition that the Beaubourg Centre is devoting to him.
His original folding technique (canvasses folded, crumpled, coloured and then unfolded), created a sort of cluster bombs, riddled with colours and white spaces, formed by the folding technique of his canvasses.
With his Mariales, Meuns and Tabulas series, we find ourselves somewhere between Matisse and Pollock, in a search for vibrant visual energies. Other than these luminous series, the exhibition displays two masterpieces that were produced before the folding period.
Two immense paintings, shown for the first time together, Ecriture Rose and A Galla Placidia. Every day during an entire year, from Advent to Advent, Hantaï worked on them, giving them life, stroke by stroke, superimposing motif by motif so that finally all the motifs blended, belonging to the same weft, giving life to yet another form and soul. The soul of the artist?
Exposition Simon Hantaï
Jusqu’au 2 septembre.