Bernard Rancillac
(born in 1931, Paris, France)

Bernard Rancillac studied at the Atelier Met of Penninghen and became a drawing teacher. In parallel to his work as a teacher, he opened his art studio in Bourg-la-Reine (France) in 1955.

In the 1960s, after having experimented with abstraction, Bernard Rancillac, introduced colour and figuration in his paintings, thus aligning himself with the emerging Narrative Figuration movement. Thanks to his work, he  was awarded at the Paris Biennale in 1961. In 1964, he organized the Mythologies quotidiennes exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Paris with Gérard Gassiot-Talabot and Hervé Télémaque, making  his link with the Narrative Figuration official.

Bernard Rancillac?s paintings combine influences from movies, comics and photography, with formal innovations such as vinylic paint with a glazed finish, Plexiglas, fabric, or the cutting of paintings (Shattered Images). They create a strong impact for the viewer. Politically and socially involved, the artist wishes to transpose the urban reality and the world?s current affairs with a corrosive humor, through his cadenced paintings, with effective figures and bright colors.

Bernard Rancillac declars « I then understood that I was a political animal, not a mundane columnist ! At the root of any artistic creation, there is a need for an emotion. For me, it is often a politically charged emotion, even when I paint Mickey, jazz musicians, cars or movie stars. Journalists and photographers are more often present during the event, and quicker in their communication. The painter, on the other hand, has more time to work, to sink into the flesh of time. That is what we call history. »

Intense, critical, and loaded with emotion, Bernard Rancillac's work is the subject of many international exhibits.

Exhibitions selected

Solo Exhibitions

2017 - Rancillac, Rétrospective, Musée de la Poste - Espace Niemeyer, Paris

2016 - La peau du monde, galerie Jean Brolly, Paris

2015 - Rancillac « Récits », L'Aspirateur, Narbonne

2003 - Rétrospective, Musée d'Art moderne, Saint-Etienne

2001 - Morceaux choisis, Galerie Sonia Zannattacci, Genève

2000 - Rancillac, Palais des Congrès, Paris

1997 - Jazz, Galerie Hervé Lourdel, Paris

1996 - Extrême Occident, Villa Tamaris Pacha, La Seyne-sur-Mer

1989 - Cinémonde, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris

1985 - 20 ans de peinture, Institut français d'Athènes, Athènes

1980 - À la mémoire de... , Musée d'Art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris

1977 - Les Années Vitamines, Galerie Krief, Paris

1969 - Pornographie, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

1965 - Bernard Rancillac : Série Walt Disney, Galerie Mathias Fels, Paris

1963 - Rancillac, Galerie La Roue, Paris

Groupe Exhibitions

2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles, Huelgoat

2008 - Figuration narrative, 1960-1972, Grand Palais, Paris.

2001 - Les Années Pop, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

2000 - La Figuration Narrative, Musée d'Art de Reykjavik, Islande

1999 - Pop Impressions, Musée d'Art moderne, New-York

1997 - Pop 60, Centre culturel de Bellem, Portugal

1990 - Nouvelle Figuration, Galerie Schwartz, Los Angeles

1989 - Art en France, Musée national de Taïwan, Taipei

1977 - Mythologies quotidiennes II, Musée d'Art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris

1975 - Paris- New-York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1968 - Peinture en France 1900- 1967, National Gallery, Londres

1966 - Le Monde en question »,  Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris

1964 - Mythologies quotidiennes, Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

1960 - Salon des réalités nouvelles, Paris

1958 - Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Musée d'Art moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris


Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne

Musée National d'Art moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

Musée d'Art moderne, New-York, Etats-Unis


2016 - B. Rancillac, Devenir peintre : journal 1956-1968, édition Hermann

2003 - S. Wilson, Bernard Rancillac, Rétrospective (1962-2002), éditions Fage/ Les presses du réel

2000 - B. Rancillac, Le regard idéologique, Rancillac, édition d'art Somogy

1994 - B. Rancillac, Voir et comprendre la peinture, édition Bordas

1991 - S. Fauchereau, Bernard Rancillac, éditions du Cercle d'art