Jean DegottexHorsphère OB (II)
Ink on paper laid down on canvas, laid down on board
Signed, dated and titled on the back
25.2 x 19.69 x 2.56 in ( 64 x 50 x 6.5 cm )
Inquiry - Horsphère OB (II), 1967


Certificate from the Comité Degottex


Binoche auction, Paris

Maurice Benhamou Collection, Paris

Galerie Etc, Paris

Artwork's description

This work belongs to the Horsphere series. Degottex, is here is in full essential and metaphysical exploration of abstraction.

“Jean Degottex does not seek to get out of painting. He seeks, from an economy of means, to start over and reinvent it. We must re-examine the means of painting. He is not a man of habit, he is a man of re-questioning. ”

- Peter Wat

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.