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Jacques Monory

Jacques Monory

Jacques Monory’s work is visually shocking; it is like a punch in the stomach. His work is unique in the sense that it is at the crossroads between painting, cinema and photography. If one has to characterize his work, one could say that it is the cinema transposed into painting. Jacques Monory was born in Paris in 1934 and grew up near a Pathé cinema; American B movies have greatly influenced a large part of his work to the extent that one can talk of cinema painting. Monory understood very early on that by reproducing the visual impact of the cinema in his works, he was...
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Bernard Rancillac

Bernard Rancillac

Bernard Rancillac was born in Paris where he still lives and works. He is the eldest of five children, one of whom, Paul, becomes the sculptor Jean-Jules Chassepot. Rancillac can be classified as one of the political artists of the « Figuration Narrative » movement. For him all events are political and the artist is permitted to revert images of Mickey Mouse (« Bloody Comics » 1977) or jazz players (« Miles Penché » 1997) in order to make a political statement. He believes that it is an artist’s duty to discover the essential in his time and to pass on a message rather...
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Gerard Schlosser

Gerard Schlosser

Gérard Schlosser was born in Lille in 1947. He came to painting after having practiced sculpture and metal work. Schlosser is at the centre of the « Figuration Narrative » movement even though he did not exhibit at its founding exhibition « Mythologies Quotidiennes » in 1964. His work is based on the portrayal of intimate everyday moments and in this he clearly breaks with abstract painting and Pop Art which filled the art galleries in the 1970s. To begin with, Schlosser uses a technique of « ligne claire », a technique used in cartoon illustration and by 1970 also used...