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"Lascaux – L’art", Gérard Gasiorowski

Posté le 02 January 2017 par L'équipe Lascaux

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As a perfect ending for the visit of the Lascaux International Center for Cave Art we propose you the exhibition :

«Lascaux – l’art, Gérard Gasiorowski», until november 2017.


Yes, modern art is not left behind at Lascaux as the last room of the visit is now home to a temporary exhibition which scheduling was entrusted to an artistic board led by Olivier Kaeppelin, head of the Maeght Foundation.

Gérard Gasiorowski is opening these festivities with sixteen works deeply influenced by the experience of the Lascaux cave this Franco-polish painter, suddenly disappeared in 1986, had in 1982.

As explained by Olivier Kaeppelin, this visit was a revelation to Gasiorowski : « He says very moving things about it. When entering the cave, he felt such a beauty that he laid down on the floor to look at the vaults… And he received, in his words, somehow, like a rain of paintings… He sees this meeting with his ancestor’s art, this art of origins like a milestone in his career. He also translated it in his writings in which he says : « Yes, maybe I am a modern artist, it is the way we are called but I am only an artist proceeding, swimming, floating in this great river of paintings that started in Lascaux and that is still flowing with El Greco, Manet, Cézanne and so many others.

Gasiorowski is an immense artist, truly honest, absolutely mad with painting, entirely devoured by his doubts and passions. He is a kind of Van Gogh of modern times, totally elusive. This man was a volcano, willing to dive at the center of earth. At the origin of the art of painting.
Refusing to sign up for a movement or a style, this french artist created surprisingly heterogeneous works.

The Maeght Foundation offers proof of it.

After a formation at the school Arts Appliqués between 1947 and 1951, Gérard Gasiorowski slowly develops works between 1964 and 1972. The artist begins painting in 1953 and interrupts his activity of painter in 1964. This break was a needed period for him in order to find the right time to paint. This artists was at the same time loving and hating painting, often at extreme limits. He questions the artist’s role while detailing the painting in its full dimension and with this dark humor that characterizes him.

Despite the success of his first hyper realistic works (L’Approche, 1965), Gasiorowski, begins a sort of « pictural suicide », a radical questioning of the western picture traditions and the market of art. He wants to make painting disappear (Albertine serie, 1971), by removing the frame and the canvas to accumulate toys, war planes, tanks, rails and trains thrown down, smeared of painting.

The world of art, galleries, museums and even the other artist will not forgive this strong criticism. They were not proposing him exhibitions anymore and Gasiorowsky encloses himself in an absolute isolation. As he wrote it, he got back on his feet thanks to the trust Adrien Maeght gave him. His first exhibition in the Maeght Gallery took place in 1981.

After 1983, Gasiorowski definitely comes back to painting and develops great sets, often huge sustained by a thread, the Arianne’s thread of a walk that, one room at a time, wants to be a unique work.

This last part of the work is set between invention and reference, from Lascaux to Manet with as many modern celebrations. Influenced by Cézanne, Chardin, Bonnard, Manet he also very interested in the Lascaux cave and by primitive paintings. In his work « Lascaux - L’art », he paints a horse looking like a buffalo. It is rough. Without decorative features. The colours are dark like dirt and the animal drips as humidity in a cave. It is at the meantime a modern and primitive painting. There is the whole painting’s history in it.

The artist dies suddenly of an infarctus in august of 1986.


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