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André Bloc

Born in 1896 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1896 in Algiers, Andrée Bloc was an engineer, editor, architect and sculptor, he died in 1966 in New Delhi.

He studied at Centrale in Paris and graduated in 1920.

During his life, Andrée Bloc had many professions and came across major actors of the artistic scene during the first half of the 20th century. In 1921, he met Corbusier who influenced him with his architecture design and own works.

Andrée Bloc is also famous as an editor. He is remembered for his magazine creation "Architecture aujourd'hui" in 1930 which made room for debate and critical reflection during the after war period, while providing a modernist thinking.

Besides the press, to spread his avant-gardist ideas, Andrée Bloc gathered a group of artists around him, who claimed the Spatial current, wishing to combine art and architecture. Sonia Delaunay, Victor Vasarely and Jean Gorin, were part of this intellectual impetus. Under the name "Espace", this group of artists defended ideas pertaining to constructivism.

The artist experimented with materials, styles and mediums in his creation process. It was only in 1940 that Andrée Bloc turned towards sculpture in Paris. His sculptures gradually became bigger. In 1952, he carried out the project during his entire career, through the creation of his Bellevue home in Meudon.

His work has been presented in major museums like Centre Beaubourg in Paris, who dedicated him a retrospective in 2015.

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