Alphabetical guide to the artists

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> 1926, Eymoutiers - 2005, Boudreville (France)
He studied at Limoges then joined the Libération at Paris. This allowed him to discover contemporary paintings and the classical paintings at Le Louvre. He became a member of the French Communist Party in 1953 but left it in 1956 when Russia invaded Hungary. Author of an immense body of work and one of the greatest contemporary artists, he was poorly known by the general public and certain institutions. His work is always figurative and is marked by violence, anger and revolt against oppression or political commitment. It is punctuated with animal or landscape pictures and paintings using material glued to the canvas (earth, hairs, metal...). It was appreciated by the philosophers, Jean-Paul Sartre or Michel Foucault, and by the collector, François Pinault. He had the right to a retrospective at the Grand Palais at Paris in 1979 and at the Fondation Maeght in 2000.
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RENARD Emmanuelle
> 1963, Paris (France)
She started painting very young. She studied Decorative Arts from 1982 to 1986 at the Villa Arson in Nice and sign his first solo exhibition in 1985 in Vallauris. Since then she has exhibited regularly in Paris (Saint-Phalle Gallery, Vidal Gallery, Suzanne Tarasiève Gallery...), Europe and the United States. She received the Special Jury Prize at the Salon de Montrouge in 1990 and in 1992 obtained a research grant abroad (Spain) of the Ministry of Culture.
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RICOL Raphaelle
> 1973, Lyon (France)
Living and working at Paris. In the deep afterglow of the night, worrying silhouettes of windmills are profiled, cold metallic monsters with mouths ready to trap and crush living things. Their alignment structures the composition by a vertical that highlights the plane from which suspended fragments of soft flesh detach. This nightmare vision is emblematic of this artists work where every canvas attracts, troubles and questions one's view. To translate her view of the world, she experiments with every option of figurative painting. The body has a central position, a body in tension that is trying to resist the forces that constrain it, a body fitted with prostheses that contracts and dilates to escape its destiny.
> 1931, Croix (France)
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> 1956, Essex (United Kingdom)
After studying at the Colchester School of Art and Design, he continued at Chelsea School of Art in London. Gradually, he began to exhibit in group and one in the United kingdom then in France, Germany, United States, etc..
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> 1928, Montigny-les-Metz - 2013, Paris (France)
He was born in Lorrain and started his secondary education at Poitiers in 1939 where he also learnt to play the violin. His first paintings date from 1944. A few years later, he entered Maurice Brainchon's workshop at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts at Paris. He met Elsa, his wife, who was studying medicine, in 1949. The first period of his painting is characterised by coloured abstraction. This period continued until a major retrospective of his work was held at the Paris Musée Moderne in 1971 where the painter was overcome by seeing all his works and decided to stop painting abstractions forever. He then created a world that was sombre, figurative, worrying, mad according to some, and which provokes numerous debates when first exhibited.
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