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Chartres – Bleu Violet by François Morellet

Chartres – Bleu Violet by François Morellet

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Silkscreen

1973

Edition Size: 200

Sheet Size: 60 x 60 cm

Signed

Condition: Pristine

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Screen print on PVC paper – These three screen prints are from the collective portfolio « 9 x 5 konkret. 9 Künstler. 5 Farben » (Adrian, Alviani, Bill, Calderara, Loewensberg, Mavignier, Novosad, Wilding, Morellet). Chartres is in reference to the stained glass windows of the Chartres Cathedral in France, that Morellet was very fond of.

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The Artist

François Morellet

Born in France in 1926, François Morellet was a pioneering modern artist. His muse was light, and he worked mainly with neon in the Conceptual style. He co-founded the Visual Arts Research Group in the early 1960s to experiment with new methods of producing art and experiencing the creative process. His aim was to use geometric, mathematical shapes to create his art, and he had a particular love of circles and lines. He also had a clear and focused philosophy of creativity. Because of these musings, many associated him with the Minimalist genre: for Morellet, the artist was more facilitator than pure creator, and he had a distaste for the ‘lone genius’ artistic style. He was fascinated as much by the process of creation as the end product. He explored bringing in unexpected and spontaneous elements to his work – for him, it was as much about chaos and discovery in the moment as it was about carefully crafting and refining a piece of art. He also had a love of wordplay and often used puns or palindromes to title his art. His work is still respected and loved around the world today and on display at many notable galleries. Morellet died at the age of 90 in Cholet, France, in 2016.

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