Jean Fautrier  (French, 1898-1964) 

Jean Fautrier (French, 1898–1964) is one of the major figures of Art Informel, also known as Tachisme (French for “stain-making”). Similar in style to American Abstract Expressionism, the movement started in the 1940s in Europe, and included artists such as Pierre Soulages, Nicolas de Staël, Jean Dubuffet, and Georges Mathieu. Born in Paris, Fautrier studied at the Royal Academy of Art, and at the Slade School in London. He returned to Paris in 1920, and began painting realistic portraits and nudes. During World War II, he was an active member of the Resistance. He created two series of portraits—oils on paper and paper collages—later entitled, Otages and Massacres, inspired by the atrocities he saw during the war. The morbid portraits depict the unknown victims of the Gestapo mass murders. In the late 1950s, Fautrier’s art became increasingly abstracted, but remained a testimony to the sufferings caused by World War II, evident in the Heads of Partisans series and his small, dark landscapes. In 1960, Fautrier received the Venice Biennale Prize. He died in Châtenay-Malabry, France in 1964.

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Jean Fautrier, Variation sur un rectangle


Jean Fautrier
Variation sur un rectangle

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Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Jean Fautrier, Composition


Jean Fautrier

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Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Jean Fautrier, Poire et Raisins


Jean Fautrier
Poire et Raisins
circa 1928-1929

Galerie des Modernes
Jean Fautrier, Sans Titre (Ohne Titel)


Jean Fautrier
Sans Titre (Ohne Titel)

Galerie Michael Haas
Jean Fautrier, Nature morte aux oignons


Jean Fautrier
Nature morte aux oignons

Galerie Michael Haas
Jean Fautrier, Les poissons


Jean Fautrier
Les poissons

Galerie Michael Haas
Jean Fautrier, Tête de profil


Jean Fautrier
Tête de profil
circa 1942

Galerie Haas AG Zürich
Jean Fautrier, Petit nu noir


Jean Fautrier
Petit nu noir

Galerie Haas AG Zürich
Jean Fautrier, Sans Titre


Jean Fautrier
Sans Titre
circa 1943

Galerie Di Meo
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Jean Fautrier, Femme à la frange de trois quart


Jean Fautrier
Femme à la frange de trois quart, 1925
pastel on paper


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Jean Fautrier, Torse


Jean Fautrier
Torse, 1944-1945
India ink and ink wash on paper


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Jean Fautrier, Sans titre


Jean Fautrier
Sans titre, 1956-1957
charcoal and ink on paper


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1898   Born
1917   Called up for the French Army, but because of his poor health he was soon transferred to the auxiliary corps
1922   Moved to Paris and started to produce engravings and etchings
1928   Met André Malraux, who asked him to illustrate a text of his choice. He settled on Dante's Inferno, producing 34 lithographs
1930   Produced a number of paintings in sombre tones of female models
1943   Arrested and briefly imprisoned by the Germans in January
1945   Bought an old château in the outskirts of Paris in which he remained until his death
1956   After the Soviet crackdown in Hungary, Fautrier painted a number of works entitled Head of Partisan in homage to the tragic courage of its victims
1964   Died
2004 - 2005   Jean Fautrier, Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Martigny, Switzerland (solo)
2002   Jean Fautrier - 1898-1964, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI, USA (solo)
2001   JEAN FAUTRIER - Akte - 36 Zeichnungen und eine Skulptur, Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1999   Jean Fautrier - 1898-1964 - Das graphische Werk, Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1998 - 1999   Jean Fautrier, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
1997   Jean Fautrier, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France (solo)
1990   Jean Fautrier, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany (solo)