Highlighted by the Centre Pompidou which will devote to his work a retrospective starting November 2018, Martin Barré (Nantes, 1924 – Paris, 1993) is one of the most remarkable French artists of abstract art from the post-war period. He never ceased in his examination of a painting and its limitations by progressively developing a very personal style which aimed, according to his own terms, for "reduction-concentration." His art tends to reach the fundamental elements of painting through reduction of the object, material, colour, form and gesture. This earned him a posteriorito be designated as one of the precursors of Minimal Art in France. [Read more…]
MARTIN BARRÉ (Nantes, 1924 – Paris, 1993)
Oil on canvas
89 x 116 cm
Signed "MARTIN BARRÉ" with grey oil on the bottom left; titled "57-50-B" and countersigned "MARTIN BARRÉ" with black oil on the reverse of the canvas
Galerie Arnaud, Paris
Helena Rubinstein Foundation Collection, New York
Sotheby's Arcade, New York, sale no 1591 – Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art from November 7, 1997, lot no 410 (mentioned and reproduced under the title Abstract Composition)
Franck Prazan Collection, Paris (until 2009)
Les Sujets de l'abstraction. Peinture non-figurative de la seconde école de Paris, 1946-1962. 101 Chefs-d'œuvre de la Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Geneva, Musée Rath, May 6 – August 14, 2011, Montpellier, Musée Fabre, December 8, 2011 – March 25, 2012.
Dead Line. Mosset, Barré, Tinguely, Geneva, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, December 4, 2015 – August 31, 2017.
Herta WESCHER, "Martin Barré," Cimaise, no 2, November-December 1957, repr. b/w p. 36.
Michel RAGON, Martin Barré et la poétique de l'espace, Paris, Galerie Arnaud, 1960, repr. b/w p. 32 (mentioned under the title Peinture).
Michel RAGON, "L'abstraction lyrique, de l'explosion à l'inflation," in Depuis 45, l'art de notre temps, Bruxelles, La Connaissance, volume 1, 1969, p. 80-81, no 63, repr. b/w p. 84 (mentioned under the title Peinture and reproduced upside down).
Autour de Michel Ragon, exhibition catalogue, Nantes, Musée des Beaux-Arts, 1984, repr. b/w p. 37 in a view of the 1957 exhibition at the Galerie Arnaud.
Éric de CHASSEY, Eveline NOTTER (dir.) ; Justine MOECKLI (collab.), Les Sujets de l'abstraction. Peinture non-figurative de la seconde école de Paris, 1946-1962. 101 Chefs-d'œuvre de la Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, exhibition catalogue, Milan, 5 Continents, 2011, p. 209, no 68, repr. col. p. [210-211] and 297.
This artwork will be included in the Catalogue Raisonné of Martin Barré in preparation by Ann Hindry and Yve-Alain Bois.