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Gérard Fromanger, Le maillage froid et le canard mandarin

Gérard Fromanger Le maillage froid et le canard mandarin, 1997

View in a room Drawing 28.3 x 39.8 x 1.2 inch Unique artwork


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Gérard Fromanger, Le maillage froid et le canard mandarin
  • Offered by the gallery

    Professional art gallery
    Marseille - France

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Drawing : pastel

  • Themes

    Abstract, Animal

  • Support

    Drawing on paper

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    28.3 x 39.8 x 1.2 inch

  • Framing

    Beige wood floater frame

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    32.5 x 43.7 x 2 inch

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  • About the artwork

    Here the rhizome is an image illustrating a proposal by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari on the non-hierarchical representation of knowledge in opposition to the traditional organization in tree structure. In this proposal all the elements of the whole on which the classification is concerned have the same value and each element can influence another without subordination. Gérard Fromanger gives in the series "Rhizomes, pastels-café" a plastic interpretation of this proposal taking as a starting point a subject traditionally treated in a very hierarchical way, taxonomy. This networked organization will later be found in pastel portraits as well as in the series "Rhizomes, peinture-cafe" and "Bastille-dérives".

    Like many major works, the series «Rhizomes, pastel, café» met with a large success of esteem but was not immediately recognized by the general public. Over time, however, it has found its place among collectors or institutions and is now almost exhausted. It announces a technique of drawing that the artist was going to develop and of which he continues to explore the possibilities today. The whole series is glued on canvas because the original paper was a printing paper with exceptional graphic qualities but fragile. It was therefore necessary to strengthen it to ensure its perenniality.

    The starting point of the drawings is made of coffee stains that lines of pastel emphasize or contradict. The latter constitute an intertwining of roots, hence the name «rhizomes». The colored dominant of the set is expressed in terms of heat or cold. At the point of convergence of the «rhizomes» comes an animal chosen for the compatibility of its aspect to be inscribed in this point of convergence. For the short story at the time of the realization of this series, Gérard Fromanger was retained in his Tuscan house and distracted his mind by the observation of the surrounding fauna and mainly birds, object for him of a sort of fascination. It is these meditations in situ that are most often inscribed in the nodes of the rhizomes. Anecdotally it can also be noted that the pieces are indicated on the back for dimensions of 102 by 71 cm whereas their reality is 101 by 72 cm.

    Note: the Pompidou Center owns two artworks of this series.


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Gérard Fromanger

Born in: 1939


Famous artist

Born in 1939, Gérard Fromanger is a French painter, photographer and plastic artist.

Gérard Fromanger didn't concur with the traditional image of beauty and other conventional concepts, therefore he quickly left Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and prefered to follow evening classes, animated by Robert Lesbounit at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière.

He was noticed by Cesar, who let him use his workshop and stayed by his side for two years. This relationship allowed Formanger to meet other artists like Jacques Prévert and the Giacometti brothers. He joined the narrative figuration movement and participated in creating the Nouvelle Histoire. In the 60's, he became a key figure of the artistic scene.

Founder of the Beaux-Arts workshop in May 1968 and director of film-tracts in collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard, Gérard Fromanger, he became part of the world of the cinema world. Then he turned towards photography so a to transpose reality through images from his viewpoint.

His relationship with various artists, writers, philosophers and musicians are a great inspiration for him, without which his works wouldn't have evolved.

Gérard Fromanger continues to be on the forefront, his stained glass project for the Roman church Anzy-le-Duc, divided the opinion in 2015.
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