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Couturier - Richier : une amitié sculpturale

10.02.2023 - 29.04.2023

Couturier - Richier : une amitié sculpturale

10.02.2023 - 29.04.2023

Couturier - Richier : une amitié sculpturale

10.02.2023 - 29.04.2023

ABOUT

"Maine was a marvellous friend and a very great artist. She succeeded in perfectly integrating the most unpredictable and dramatic elements of nature into an aesthetic pattern. Her sculptures have a life of their own, as present and powerful as the life of plants and stones, water and dumb animals. […] I feel the force of her work as only a sculptor can feel iti."

This is how Robert Couturier (1905-2008) paid tribute to his friend Germaine Richier (1902-1959) who passed away in the summer of 1959. Being of the same generation, they met during the 1930s, a period when their work was taking shape, and participated in the exhibition "Contemporary Sculpture in France" at the Georges Petit gallery in Paris in 1934. During the same years, they also received the Blumenthal Prize, in 1930 for Robert Couturier and in 1936 for Germaine Richier. The post-war years marked the beginning of the recognition of their work.

They were both present in major collective exhibitions, notably in 1948 at the exhibitions "Contemporary Sculptors of the School of Paris" (Kunsthalle, Bern) and "Thirteen Sculptors of the School of Paris" (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), as well as at the Venice Biennales, in 1950 for Robert Couturier and in 1952 for Germaine Richier. They also participated in the first São Paulo Biennale in 1951, where each of them had one of their sculptures acquired (Richier's "La Forêt" from 1946 joined the collection of the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, and Couturier's "La Jeune fille lamelliforme" from 1950 joined the collection of the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art).

Driven by a shared reflection on the representation of the human figure, which they notably shared with Alberto Giacometti, they sought to renew and deeply rethink the figurative language of sculpture. They created works where the bodies were highly constructed and elongated, with voids integrated into the form and irregular and heightened materials.

While Germaine Richier created a fantastic atmosphere inhabited by hybrid beings, Robert Couturier imagined a more mental expression marked by a certain Apollonian atmosphere.

This exhibition brings together these two sculptural personalities of the 1950s, highlighting the formal and aesthetic connections that bound these two artist-friends in the context of the post-war and 1950s years.

Valérie Da Costa


Exhibition Curator:

Valérie Da Costa is an art historian, art critic, and exhibition curator. Her work focuses notably on modern and contemporary sculpture and Italian art of the second half of the 20th century, on which she has published numerous texts and books in France and abroad. She recently curated the exhibitions "Germaine Richier, la magicienne" (Picasso Museum, Antibes, 2019), "Piero Gilardi, dalla natura all'arte" (Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, 2020), "Maillol, la forme libre" (Galerie Dina Vierny, 2021), "Turi Simeti: l'aventure monochrome(s)" (Galerie Almine Rech, 2022), and "Vita Nuova. Nouveaux enjeux de l'art en Italie 1960-1975" (MAMAC, Nice, 2022).

INSTALLATION VIEWS

EXHIBITED WORKS

Germaine Richier EN
L'eau
1953-54 EN

Bronze 57 7/8 x 24 3/8 x 38 5/8 in.
Germaine Richier
Le Crapaud
1940

Bronze with brown patina 20.3 x 31.7 x 19.7 cm
Germaine Richier
La Vierge folle
1946

Bronze with brown patina 132 x 38 x 25 cm
Germaine Richier
Femme-coq n°3 ou Gabrielle
1954

Bronze with brown patina 19 x 14 x 10 cm
Germaine Richier
Loretto
1934

Bronze with brown patina 159.5 x 55 x 36 cm
Robert Couturier
Idylle
1956-57

Bronze 98 x 34 x 28 cm
Robert Couturier
Le Guerrier
1958

Bronze 47 x 29 x 7 cm
Robert Couturier
La petite pensée
1946

Bronze 46 x 12 x 8 cm
Robert Couturier
Femme debout à la cruche ou Danaïde
1956

Bronze 79 x 28 x 41 cm
Robert Couturier
Jeune fille lamelliforme
1950

Bronze 115 x 45.5 cm
Robert Couturier
Untitled
circa 1960

150 x 143 cm
Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - L'eau

Germaine Richier EN

L'eau

1953-54 EN

Bronze

57 7/8 x 24 3/8 x 38 5/8 in.

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Le Crapaud

Germaine Richier

Le Crapaud

1940

Bronze with brown patina

20.3 x 31.7 x 19.7 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - La Vierge folle

Germaine Richier

La Vierge folle

1946

Bronze with brown patina

132 x 38 x 25 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Femme-coq n°3 ou Gabrielle

Germaine Richier

Femme-coq n°3 ou Gabrielle

1954

Bronze with brown patina

19 x 14 x 10 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Loretto

Germaine Richier

Loretto

1934

Bronze with brown patina

159.5 x 55 x 36 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Idylle

Robert Couturier

Idylle

1956-57

Bronze

98 x 34 x 28 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Le Guerrier

Robert Couturier

Le Guerrier

1958

Bronze

47 x 29 x 7 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - La petite pensée

Robert Couturier

La petite pensée

1946

Bronze

46 x 12 x 8 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Femme debout à la cruche ou Danaïde

Robert Couturier

Femme debout à la cruche ou Danaïde

1956

Bronze

79 x 28 x 41 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Jeune fille lamelliforme

Robert Couturier

Jeune fille lamelliforme

1950

Bronze

115 x 45.5 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Untitled

Robert Couturier

Untitled

circa 1960

150 x 143 cm

MULTIMEDIAS

EXHIBITED ARTISTS

Vladimir YANKILEVSKY

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Vladimir YANKILEVSKY

Aped quas parum qui beaquae preped eum volupitae odis re culpa volor autes nesciis am inus veliquibus. Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel

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Robert COUTURIER

Born in 1095 in Angoulême, Robert Couturier studied lithography in Paris and quickly caught the attention of Aristide Maillol in 1928. Maillol was struck by the “mal-foutu” (poorly-made) aspect of Couturier’s sculpture: ...

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Germaine RICHIER

She is one of the greatest sculptors of the XXth Century. She studied sculpture from 1920 at the School of Fine Arts in Montpellier, in the studio of Louis-Jacques Guigues, a former practitioner of Rodin; then, from 1926, she worked in Antoine Bou ...

Robert COUTURIER

Germaine RICHIER

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ABOUT

"Maine was a marvellous friend and a very great artist. She succeeded in perfectly integrating the most unpredictable and dramatic elements of nature into an aesthetic pattern. Her sculptures have a life of their own, as present and powerful as the life of plants and stones, water and dumb animals. […] I feel the force of her work as only a sculptor can feel iti."

This is how Robert Couturier (1905-2008) paid tribute to his friend Germaine Richier (1902-1959) who passed away in the summer of 1959. Being of the same generation, they met during the 1930s, a period when their work was taking shape, and participated in the exhibition "Contemporary Sculpture in France" at the Georges Petit gallery in Paris in 1934. During the same years, they also received the Blumenthal Prize, in 1930 for Robert Couturier and in 1936 for Germaine Richier. The post-war years marked the beginning of the recognition of their work.

They were both present in major collective exhibitions, notably in 1948 at the exhibitions "Contemporary Sculptors of the School of Paris" (Kunsthalle, Bern) and "Thirteen Sculptors of the School of Paris" (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), as well as at the Venice Biennales, in 1950 for Robert Couturier and in 1952 for Germaine Richier. They also participated in the first São Paulo Biennale in 1951, where each of them had one of their sculptures acquired (Richier's "La Forêt" from 1946 joined the collection of the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, and Couturier's "La Jeune fille lamelliforme" from 1950 joined the collection of the Rio de Janeiro Museum of Modern Art).

Driven by a shared reflection on the representation of the human figure, which they notably shared with Alberto Giacometti, they sought to renew and deeply rethink the figurative language of sculpture. They created works where the bodies were highly constructed and elongated, with voids integrated into the form and irregular and heightened materials.

While Germaine Richier created a fantastic atmosphere inhabited by hybrid beings, Robert Couturier imagined a more mental expression marked by a certain Apollonian atmosphere.

This exhibition brings together these two sculptural personalities of the 1950s, highlighting the formal and aesthetic connections that bound these two artist-friends in the context of the post-war and 1950s years.

Valérie Da Costa


Exhibition Curator:

Valérie Da Costa is an art historian, art critic, and exhibition curator. Her work focuses notably on modern and contemporary sculpture and Italian art of the second half of the 20th century, on which she has published numerous texts and books in France and abroad. She recently curated the exhibitions "Germaine Richier, la magicienne" (Picasso Museum, Antibes, 2019), "Piero Gilardi, dalla natura all'arte" (Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, 2020), "Maillol, la forme libre" (Galerie Dina Vierny, 2021), "Turi Simeti: l'aventure monochrome(s)" (Galerie Almine Rech, 2022), and "Vita Nuova. Nouveaux enjeux de l'art en Italie 1960-1975" (MAMAC, Nice, 2022).

EXHIBITED WORKS

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - L'eau

Germaine Richier EN

1953-54 EN

L'eau

1953-54 EN

Bronze

57 7/8 x 24 3/8 x 38 5/8 in.

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Le Crapaud

Germaine Richier

1940

Le Crapaud

1940

Bronze with brown patina

20.3 x 31.7 x 19.7 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - La Vierge folle

Germaine Richier

1946

La Vierge folle

1946

Bronze with brown patina

132 x 38 x 25 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Femme-coq n°3 ou Gabrielle

Germaine Richier

1954

Femme-coq n°3 ou Gabrielle

1954

Bronze with brown patina

19 x 14 x 10 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Loretto

Germaine Richier

1934

Loretto

1934

Bronze with brown patina

159.5 x 55 x 36 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Idylle

Robert Couturier

1956-57

Idylle

1956-57

Bronze

98 x 34 x 28 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Le Guerrier

Robert Couturier

1958

Le Guerrier

1958

Bronze

47 x 29 x 7 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - La petite pensée

Robert Couturier

1946

La petite pensée

1946

Bronze

46 x 12 x 8 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Femme debout à la cruche ou Danaïde

Robert Couturier

1956

Femme debout à la cruche ou Danaïde

1956

Bronze

79 x 28 x 41 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Jeune fille lamelliforme

Robert Couturier

1950

Jeune fille lamelliforme

1950

Bronze

115 x 45.5 cm

Couturier - Richier: a sculptural Friendship - Untitled

Robert Couturier

circa 1960

Untitled

circa 1960

150 x 143 cm

MULTIMEDIAS

EXHIBITED ARTISTS

Vladimir YANKILEVSKY

Aped quas parum qui beaquae preped eum volupitae odis re culpa volor autes nesciis am inus veliquibus. Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvelEt ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel

Vladimir YANKILEVSKY

Aped quas parum qui beaquae preped eum volupitae odis re culpa volor autes nesciis am inus veliquibus. Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel Rum fuga. Et ernam, que minvel

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Robert COUTURIER

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Germaine RICHIER

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lexistence est ailleurs Existence Is Elsewhere a la une exhibition

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25.01.2017 - 24.03.2017
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MAILLOL , LA FORME LIBRE

21.03.2021 - 20.06.2021

À PROPOS

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18.10.2023 - 28.10.2023
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lexistence est ailleurs Existence Is Elsewhere a la une exhibition

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Lire la suite
Summer hanging

Summer Hanging

Lire la suite
Maillol Heritage

Maillol - Heritage

Lire la suite
Robert Couturier - Une traversée sculpturale longue d’un siècle a la une

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Lire la suite
70 ans déjà

70 ans déjà

25.01.2017 - 24.03.2017
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Germaine Richier EN

1953-54 EN
Germaine Richier

1940
Germaine Richier

1946
Germaine Richier

1954
Germaine Richier

1934

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