Francois Dilasser


 François Dilasser

(1926, Lesneven, France - 2012, Lesneven, France )

François Dilasser was born in Lesneven in Finistère: he lived in his native region for his whole life. He has always practiced drawing, which he regards as the foundation of all his painting. His work lies on successive series of variations on subjects related to his observation of the reality, rich in emotional resonances. He participated in the Salon d'Automne in Paris from 1972 to 1976, in the Réalités Nouvelles from 1973 to 1984, and in numerous collective exhibitions in Brittany.

His sober colours, ranging from the sea grisaille to a whole range of old granitic rose shades, balance together in compositions as if playing on checkered shapes. From 1989, these forms acquire their autonomy and are freed from the grids, invading the whole web in the form of signs close to ideograms. Austere, Dilasser's painting finds its rhythm in a repetition-rumination of graphic sequences: « I am attracted by the relationship between forms, trees, houses, rocks, clouds ... » , he explains to Charles Juliet. His very personal universe, built on simple shapes, on large fragmented figures, is thus tinted with primitivism but also the bitter-sweet melancholy linked to the Breton land. If it tends in a certain way towards abstraction, the work of Dilasser is above all directed by his sensitivity.

Exhibitions selected

2018 :  

Paysages - Rétrospective, Frac Bretagne/Galerie de Rohan, Landerneau

2017 :

- Tant de temps (exposition collective), Musée Soulages, Rodez
- Dilasser, le Dessin, Musée des Beaux Arts, Brest

2015 :

Des histoires sans fin, Musée d?art moderne et contemporain-Mamco, Genève    

2013  :

L?atelier, oeuvres choisies 1972-2007, Domaine de Kerguehennec, Brignan

2010 :

Les rois ont perdu leur couronne pour un chapeau, Musée des Beaux Arts, Bordeaux


1991 :


Collection de la BNP (exposition collective), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris.


1972-1976 :

Salon d'Automne - exposition collective (sélection  pour Varsovie, 1972 et Musée de Tokyo et Kyoto, 1976).


Collections publiques :

Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain, Bretagne
Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain, Basse-Normandie
Musée des Beaux-arts, Brest
Musée des Jacobins, Morlaix
Musée des Beaux-arts, Caen
Musée des Beaux-arts, Rennes
Musée des Beaux-arts, Quimper
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux

Collections privées :

Collections privées en Allemagne, Belgique, Finlande, France, Norvège, Suède, Suisse, USA
Banque Libanaise
Fondation BNP - Paribas
Crédit Mutuel