Nicolas de Staël in Provence Marie du Bouchet, Gustave de Staël

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
29 May 2018
ISBN:
9780300238624
Imprint:
Editions Hazan, Paris
Dimensions:
216 pages: 279 x 237mm
Illustrations:
145 color + b-w illus.

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Celebrated for his landscapes that occupy a place between the figurative and the abstract, Nicolas de Staël (1914–1955) was a Russian-born French artist whose works encompass paintings, collage, illustrations, and textiles. This book focuses on the paintings that de Staël produced, arguably his finest, during a single, momentous year very near the end of his life. The paintings were created in the south of France between the summer of 1953 and the autumn of 1954, and were inspired by a journey de Staël took in August of 1953. Together with a group of family and friends, de Staël traveled through Italy, revisiting Naples and Pompeii and culminating in Sicily; the constant transformation of brilliant color in the art, architecture, landscape, and light of Italy made a deep impression on de Staël. The resulting paintings, bold compositions of red, yellow, orange, and green, are saturated with color and free-floating expressiveness. 

 

Gustave de Staël is a French artist who has organized several exhibitions of his father’s work. Marie du Bouchet is coordinator of the Comité Nicolas de Staël.