Martin Barré, 56-80-P, huile sur toile, 1956, 145,5 x 97 cm

Martin Barré

Martin Barré worked by superimposing layers of paint from a palette reduced to only a few colours. Starting in 1957, he used a “knife equally to apply the paint and to scrape it off to reveal the fabric of the canvas” in paintings of a modest size, much smaller than the huge American formats that seemed to have many imitators in Europe, enabling some artists to imagine works they probably would not have dreamed of a few years earlier.

Fondation Gandur pour l'Art collection

For more information: a catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition At the heart of abstraction. Fondation Gandur pour l’Art collection
Editor: Fondation Maeght
Prefaces: Adrien Maeght and Jean Claude Gandur
Texts: Yan Schubert and Lucie Pfeiffer
Reproduction of all exhibited works
184 pages

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