Scène Française années 50-80 // Gérard Garouste's workshop
With Sophie Duplaix, head of the contemporary collections department and Michel Gauthier, curator of the contemporary collections department
October 1, 2022
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Gérard Garouste is a painter, decorator, set designer, illustrator, sculptor and engraver. From the beginning of the 1980s, he embodied the return to figuration, as did the German neo-expressionists and the artists of the Italian trans-avant-garde at the same time. His painting is a reflection on the universal and the timeless, on love, death, wisdom and madness and is opposed to conceptual art. For Garouste "the painting belongs to the viewer, not to the maker". In other words, he paints much less for himself than for others. Painting "is not an end in itself, but a means of accessing knowledge", he acknowledges. Art makes it possible to express the inexpressible, to reveal what would otherwise remain hidden.