DEATH – French painter Gérard Fromanger, committed artist and major representative of Narrative Figuration, has died at the age of 81, the Académie des Beaux-Arts announced this Friday, June 18.
“It is with emotion that the Academy of Fine Arts learned of the death of the painter Gérard Fromanger”, indicated on Twitter the institution, which had made dialogue his works with those of impressionists in an exhibition mounted in 2019 at Marmottan Monet Museum in Paris.
It is with emotion that the Academy of Fine Arts learned of the death of the painter Gérard Fromanger. In 2019, he inaugurated the new exhibition policy of the Marmottan Monet museum – @AcadBeauxarts, carte blanche to contemporary artists, “Unexpected dialogues”. pic.twitter.com/Su9oRvlMVh
– Fine Arts Academy (@AcadBeauxarts) June 18, 2021
“Gérard Fromanger was a friend, a comrade, a traveling companion, a visionary. An artist committed to the defense of all freedoms, a poet with a cheerful and multicolored palette ”, reacted the former Minister of Culture of François Mitterrand, Jack Lang.
The red color, which he sublimated in his creations
This artist born in 1939 in Pontchartrain, near Paris, was the prototype of the empathetic artist, committed to his time: “Anguish is global: time, money, the market”, he explained to AFP two years ago, on the occasion of this exhibition.
Descendant of a long line of painters, he was part of a group of artists who formed in the 1960s the movement of Narrative Figuration (or “new figuration”), consisting in creating stories and stories with figures, in contrast to abstract art.
In a 1964 exhibition bringing together several artists, when he himself was unknown, “my painting had been put in the toilets”, he said. “This is where Giacometti, demigod on earth, saw and loved my painting. I introduced myself. The history of art is a relay race. If we do not catch the witness, we are not in the race ”.
He notably produced numerous canvases featuring crowds of colorful silhouettes, and also had a very strong predilection for the color red which he sublimated in his creations.
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