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Roger-Edgar Gillet

Born in 1924 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1924 in Paris, Roger-Edgar Gillet studied at the École Boulle from 1939 to 1943. He was later a teacher at the Académie Julian from 1946 to 1948, where he meets Thérèse who would later become his wife.

Roger-Edgar Gillet creates at first abstract works. He takes part in exhibitions organized by critics Michel Tapié and Charles Estienne. He is asscoiated to the European Lyrical abstraction, also known as Informal Art or Nouvelle École de Paris (New Paris School), with painters such as Georges Mathieu, Pierre Alechinsky, Jean Messagier, Serge Poliakoff, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jean Fautrier, Hans Hartung, Zao Wou-Ki...

Starting in the '60s, he becomes more interested in figuration, and humanity becomes the main theme in his works. His body of work is structured very clearly in series : the Judges, the Bigots, Marilyn, Musicians, Mutants... He also rinterprets religious themes such as the Last Supper or the Crucifixion. He creates landscapes in series such as Villes (Cities) and Marines.

Historically, Gillet has affinities with Goya and the Flemish James Ensor, and can be associated to the New Figuration and the expressionist movement.

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EXHIBITIONS

SHOWS

Galerie Evrard, avec Georges Mathieu, présentée par Michel Tapié sous le titre Signifiants de l'informel, Lille, 1952
Studio Facchetti, Un art autre exposition collective présentée par Michel Tapié, Paris, 1952
Galerie Art Vivant, Alice in Wonderland exposition collective présentée par Charles Estienne, Paris, 1955
Galerie Craven, Paris, 1953
Galerie Ariel, Paris, quinze expositions personnelles à partir de 1956
Galerie de France, Paris, expositions personnelles en 1959, 1961, 1963
Galerie Nord, D'Haese, Dodeigne, Gillet, Jorn, Leroy. Lille, 1965
Galerie Nova Spectra, La Haye, sept expositions personnelles à partir de 1969
avec Eugène Dodeigne, Musée Galliera, Paris, 1971
Galerie Stephane Janssen, Bruxelles, expositions personnelles en 1969 et 1975
avec Carlos Saura, Centre culturel Manuel Falla, Grenade, 1982
Rétrospective au Centre national des arts plastiques à Paris, 1987
Rétrospective au Museum of art, University of Oklahoma, et au Centre culturel de Scottsdale, Arizona, présentée par Stéphane Janssen, 1990
Galerie Vera Van Lear, avec Jacques Doucet, Anvers, 1991
Série Tempêtes et bateaux ivres, présentée à la Fiac par la Galerie Ariel, 1994
Galerie Fred Lanzenberg, Bruxelles, exposition personnelle, 1997
Foire Art Paris, 2003
Musée du Luxembourg, L'Envolée lyrique, Paris, 1945-1956, Paris, 2006
Centre d'Art de la Ferme Ornée, Un Regard, Yerres, 2009
Galerie Guigon, Paris, huit expositions personnelles depuis 2002 vers le site


SALONS

Salon d'octobre, 1953
Biennale de Paris, 1957
documenta II, Kassel, 1959
Réalités Nouvelles, de 1959 à 1964, puis 1972, 75, 77, 79, 81, 87.
Salon de mai, de 1955 à 1975, puis 1984. Membre du comité de sélection de 1961 à 1969.


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris
Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris
Palais des beaux-arts de Lille
Musée de Grenoble
Musée d’Oslo, Norvège
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles
Musée d'Art de Sao Paulo, Brésil


AWARDS

Prix Fénéon 1954
Prix Catherwood 1955

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