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Francois Morellet

Francois Morellet_Balance war n° 2 rouge, 2000_messmer foundation_kopie
Francois Morellet, Balance war no. 2, 2000, acrylic and pastel colour on wood, neon tube, 85 x 103 cmⒸ messmer foundation

Francois Morellet taught himself painting, only occasionally taking lessons from a teacher. Starting with landscapes in matt colours and still lifes, his paintings developed into a more stylized form. From 1950 he speaks of himself as an abstract painter. He discovered the medium as seemingly infinite, as the works continued over the edges. The technique of all-over painting, which was established by Jackson Pollock, is also helpful here. More important for Morellet are the artistic techniques than the final result. He constantly tries to think further about his work and uses neon as a material from 1963. Over time, he also became interested in architecture and space. In 1992, Morellet summarized his oeuvre in his work “Relâche n° 1”. For this work he used all the materials that have played a role in his oeuvre to date  – from painted canvas to neon tubes to adhesive and metal tape – and he is also guided by the laws of chance, which lend the work the charm of (designed) disorder.

1926 born in Cholet (France)
2016  died in Cholet
1948-1975 Work in parental business
1960-1968 Member of the group “GRAV” (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel), a group of kinetic artists
who lived and worked in Cholet and Paris.

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