Madeleine Grenier, born in 1929 in Marseilles (1929 - 1982)

Sensitive and solitary. Looking then for the expression of an imaginary world to escape. Finding in the abstraction an answer to the desire of freedom and independency. Looking for impalpable, dedicating herself to pictorial asceticism and putting lyrical airs on the canvas. Reading Joseph Conrad. Letting yourself be led where the "reality crumbles" to only hear the expression of the painter. Daughter of the philosopher Jean Grenier from Saint-Brieuc, Madeleine Grenier lived in Alger, where her father was a teacher, in her childhood. At 19 years old, she took her first classes of drawing and composition at the Fine Arts School of Cairo. Back in Paris, she worked on the figurative style, with big charcoal drawings, then completely dedicated to painting and went to collective and personal exhibitions. From the port in Grimaud to the village Simiane, Madeleine Grenier was firstly inspired by bright Mediterranean lights that she put on the canvas with unstable, moving and colorful touches. Then, she gave up progressively the color to work on the monochrome. She captures the light in a rigorous composition of rhythms and materials with evanescent whiteness. The reading and poetry of her father inspired her allusive figuration of skies in Brittany.

The lyricism of Madeleine Grenier, the "painter of silence", has inspired numerous artists including Jean Bazaine of the eponymous group of the Lyrical Abstraction. In February 1971, the Fine Arts Museum of Le Havre presented an important exhibition on Madeleine Grenier's whole work.

Exhibitions selected

Solo exhibitions

2013 - Madeleine Grenier, Galerie Françoise Livinec, avenue Matignon, Paris
2010 - Rétrospective,  Maison des Arts, Châtillon
2001/02 - Galerie Batut d'Haussy, Paris
1991 - Rétrospective, Musée-Bibliothèque Pierre-André Benoit, Alès
1991 - Toujours le même rêve, Galerie du Fleuve, Paris
1989 - Exposition de trente peintures, Galerie du Fleuve, Paris
1987 - Hommage à Madeleine Grenier, Sisteron
1985 - Galerie Bellint, Paris
1980 - Galerie Darial, Paris
1972-75/1977 - Galerie Nane Stern, Paris
1971 - Galerie Christiane Colin, Paris
1971 - Exposition Madeleine Grenier, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre
1960 - Galerie Massol, Paris
1958 - Galerie Dupont, Lille
1957 - Konstuställoning, Harnösand, Sweden

Group exhibitions

2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles-Espace d'art, Huelgoat
2014 - Exote - Esthétiques du divers, Ecole des filles-Espace d'art, Huelgoat
2013 - Quel temps fait-il? Ecole des filles-Espace d'art, Huelgoat
1970 - Galerie la Roue, Paris
1968 - Le portrait, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris
1968 - Institut français, Barcelona
1965-68 - Galerie de Massine, Paris
1960 - Galerie de l'Ancienne Comédie, Paris
1959 - Galerie Bellechasse, Paris
1957 - Galerie Charpentier, Paris
1956 - Galerie Marcel Bernheim, Paris


J. Grenier, Quatre prières, illustrations de Madeleine Grenier, Editions Gaston Puel, 1970
J. André, F. Terret-Daniel, . Le Burgue, Madeleine Grenier, Lumières océanes, éditions Françoise Livinec, 2013

Salons et Art Fair

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1980
Salon de Mai, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1980
Salon d'Automne, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965
Art Elysées, 2013
Art Paris, 2014, 2016


Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Paris
Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris