Jean DegottexSans Titre
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated
23.62 x 36.22 in ( 60 x 92 cm )
Inquiry - Sans Titre, 1959


André Schoeller Collection, Paris

Private Collection, Switzeland



Artwork's description

This painting by Jean Degottex is dazzling, it is a breakthrough in a blue background. A blue, signifying emptiness, a feeling that will animate the artist for a large part of his life. A brushstroke of black paint breaks the harmony of the canvas surface. Red and white signs emerge from the work. They come from a spontaneous and lively gesture, thus instilling a sensation of movement.

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.