Poésie des Couleurs
Le monde selon Jean Messagier
Selling Exhibition • 13 March – 5 April 2024 • Brussels

J ean Messagier (1920–1999) was a versatile French artist, excelling as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, and poet. Influenced by Picasso, Masson, Klee, and Desnoyer, he initially explored expressionistic post-Cubism, later transitioning to a more personal style inspired by artists like Fautrier and Tal-Coat. Associated with lyrical abstraction, tachism, and Art Informel, Messagier resisted labels, blurring the lines between abstraction and figuration. Exhibiting extensively in France and abroad, he represented new trends in French painting.

Born in Paris and raised in Franche-Comté, Messagier's early work included representational watercolors and drawings. His artistic journey involved experimenting with various styles, techniques, and mediums, leading to dream-like landscapes reflecting his deep connection to nature. Participating in prestigious events like the Venice Biennale, he received accolades such as the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

In the midst of debates on abstraction versus figuration, Messagier embraced a holistic approach, transcending distinctions and merging human creativity with the natural world. His enduring legacy testifies to a lifelong exploration of the artistic process and its connection to life and nature.

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