Watercolour on canvas
Signed and dated
15.75 x 11.81 in ( 40 x 30 cm )ZoomInquiry - Aquarelle, 1971
Private Collection, Switzerland
Artcurial Auction, Paris
Sotheby's Auction, Paris
From the 1960s, Hantai explored a new working method: folding, in order to leave room for chance. The canvas is therefore folded and covered with a single color that contrasts with the whites left in reserve.
?The folding is designed in such a way that the restricted colored areas activate the white and reveal its multiplicity of values. It is the colored splinters which play the role usually assigned to the unpainted parts
Artist of Hungarian origin, Simon Hantaï lived in Paris between 1949 and 1959, when he painted surrealist and then gestural works. Some of his paintings carry a wide variety of working techniques such as gluing, rubbing and already folding.
His painting evokes strange anatomies, presenting intertwined forms, tangles of signs and undulations characteristic of this era. Subsequently, he experiments with gestures, scrapings, writing, etc. It was not until the 1960s that he used "folding as a method". Consequently, he paints blindly and provokes chance in the drawing of shapes and the distribution of colors.
From 1973 to 1982, Hantaï produced works he called (Tabulas). Often made in very large format, it presents a network of squares of a single color, impregnated in an irregular manner.
In 2012, there was a large retrospective at the Center Georges Pompidou, which allowed the discovery of mysterious, sensual and spiritual works, from the end of the 1940s, to the last redrawn canvases.