Jean Degottex"Ecriture"
Chinese ink on cardboard
Signed, dated and titled
20.47 x 31.1 in ( 52 x 79 cm )
Inquiry - "Ecriture", 05.04.1953


Private Collection

Auction's Ader, Paris

Galerie Outreloire, Nevers

Artwork's description

  Jean Degottex produces this work on cardboard by spontaneously tracing a writing in Indian ink, evoking oriental calligraphy. Immersed in a meditative state, this rapid movement of the brush, is simply the result of a "pure scriptural impulse" coming from his mind. His works are spaces of pure poetry, which provoke a feeling of serenity and fullness.

Artist's biography

Jean Degottex, is a French painter, born in 1918 in Sathonay-Camp. At the end of the Second World War, Degottex met painters belonging to the Lyrical Abstraction movement, for which he adhered.

The first gallery to exhibit him in 1949 is Denise René. In 1951, he received the Kandinsky Prize.

In 1955 he met André Breton, who introduced him to Zen thought and oriental calligraphy, in particular that of China. It is from this discovery that Degottex's artistic research work will take another turn: all his next works will be influenced by surrealist automatic writing and by the essential principles of Zen philosophy.

The realization of a table takes place thus, the artist plunges into a meditative state which then allows him to apply dark colors on the bottom of his canvas, which thereafter, this state of meditation allows to prepare the gesture creative.

Jean Degottex died in 1988 in Paris.