Portraits / Abstraits


Paris, Matignon

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  • , Un Seul Fil, 1989
    Burnt Wood
    235 x 29 x 29 cm
    92 1/2 x 11 3/8 x 11 3/8 inches
    © Melissa Castro Duarte
  • Deux Mains , 1964
    Oil on carboard
    105 x 75 cm - 41 3/8 x 29 1/2 in
    © Nicolas Brasseur
  • , Stéphanie, 1997
    EA 1/4
    Edition à 8 ex + 4EA
    Bronze soudé - Fondeur Bocquel
    99 x 34 x 30 cm
    39 x 13 3/8 x 11 3/4 in
    © Rebecca Fenuele
  • , Untitled, 1990
    Acrylic on wood, in artist's frame
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in
    © Ana Drittanti
  • , Untitled, 1990
    Acrylic on wood, in artist's frame
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in
    © Ana Drittanti
  • , Männer ohne Frauen, Parsifal, 1994
    Encaustic and oil on canvas
    200 x 162 cm
    78 3/4 x 63 3/4 in
    © Nicolas Brasseur
  • , Untitled, 2006
    Acrylic on canvas
    200 x 250 cm
    78 3/4 x 98 3/8 in
    © Nicolas Brasseur
  • , Untitled, 1984
    Signed and dated on verso
    Acrylic on canvas
    76.2 x 76.5 x 2.9 cm
    30 x 30 1/8 x 1 1/8 in
    © Nicolas Brasseur
  • Induction Chromatique N°212, 2016
    Airbrush acrylic paint on aluminum
    120 x 120 cm
    47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in
    © Nicolas Brasseur
  • Induction Chromatique à double fréquence RVB 7, 2014
    Chromography on aluminum
    91 x 91 cm
    35 7/8 x 35 7/8 in
    © Nicolas Brasseur
  • , Nude (Nude Series), 1962
    Oil on canvas
    160 x 130 cm
    63 x 51 1/8 inches
    © Georges Poncet

Press release

Almine Rech | Paris, Matignon is pleased to present Portraits / Abstraits, a group show with works by: Karel Appel, Agustín Cárdenas, César, Antoni Clavé, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Günther Förg, Markus Lüpertz, Pablo Picasso, and Vivian Springford.

The artistic genre of the portrait is almost as old as civilization itself, and has remained endlessly fascinating. Since ancient times, artists have continually attempted to represent their own image, or that of others. Through the centuries, portraits have served as official documents, objects of veneration, visual family trees, or psychological studies. When it meets its objectives, the portrait elevates the essence of its subject.

Five of the nine artists in Portraits / Abstraits, who are all masters of 20th-century art, approached the portrait from eclectic and shifting angles. Not satisfied with a simple representation on canvas, each tried to depart from classical ideals. They experimented with multiple and surprising approaches to the portrait, without ever giving up the very principle of the genre: capturing the spirit of the model.

— Jessica Holmes, writer and critic