André Marfaing

( 1925, Toulouse - 1987, Paris )

Close to Olivier Debré and the new Ecole de Paris, his paintings, at first figurative, underwent an abstract turn in 1953.

He would only plays only with black and white to sometimes obtain a shade of gray and other times a clear split between black and white; the duality of the void opposed to the full, the shadow and the light, the existence and non-existence.
A spiritual quest, black lines come to break space. Vertical or horizontal, they incise the volume energetically but masterfully, giving birth to a unique atmosphere.

In each of his paintings, matter is applied either by flattening or by impasto to give volume to the space.

"I love a world of values, a world where silence and light reign."

Exhibitions selected

2017 - André Marfaing, peintures et lavis, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Quimper

2013 - Marfaing, Aktis Gallery London,

2007 - Hommage à André Marfaing, Toulouse, Les Abattoirs

2002 - L'ombre et la lumière, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

Collections publiques

Musée National d?Art Moderne Georges Pompidou

Musée d?Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Musée des Beaux-arts de Nantes

Musée des Beaux-arts de Rouen

Musée Cantini, Marseille

Royal Museum, Copenhagen

Gandur Art Foundation, Geneva