Jean DegottexARR
Collage of cut or torn paper on gouache paper mounted on panel
29.53 x 20.08 in ( 75 x 51 cm )
Inquiry - ARR, 1972


Certificate from the Committee Degottex


Galerie Marquet, Paris

Ader Auction, Paris

Artwork's description

Jean Degottex has always shown a particular interest in paper. In 1972, he began the series of ARR tears. According to him, it is an excellent instrument for experimentation: solid but can be torn and resistant to cuts. This work bears witness to the questioning of the medium. He decides to push the limits, by carrying out a work which would extend beyond the painting.

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.