French artist Guy de Rougemont is amongst the finest contemporary artists of our generation coming out of Paris. A synthesis of Minimalism and Pop Art, Rougemont's works are characterized by the use of bold, joyful colours combined with fluid, organic forms composed of cylinders, ellipses, totems and serpentine lines. The artist's polychromatic sensibility is unique and instantly-recognizable, elevating him to icon-status in both the world of fine art and furniture design.
Rougemont studied at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris and subsequently spent two years at the Casa de Velázquez from 1962 to 1964. In 1965, he participated in the Biennale de Paris and the following year the Salon de Mai. In the 1970s, the artist spent a period of time in New York which triggered his foray into minimalism. Many of his most iconic works were made in this time period, including his Cloud table which was produced with the help of interior designer Henri Samuel. Tables from the 70s have achieved prices over $200,000 USD at auctions in 2011 and 2013.
Through his relentless curiosity and desire to surpass boundaries between painting, sculpture and design, Rougemont has become a member of the prestigious French Académie des Beaux-Arts and his works are housed in several public and private collections all over the world. In 1990 the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris presented a retrospective of his works. Today monumental pieces can be found at the Hôpital Saint-Louis, the forecourt of the Musée d'Orsay, the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan as well as the Albert Thomas place Villeurbanne, the Hofgarten Bonn, the Metropolitan Park of Quito in Ecuador, and Nanterre.
Artist Guy de Rougemont in his studio
Photo courtesy of Galerie Diane de Polignac, Paris
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