Starting the new week, I gonna tell you a bit about one of my personal visual pleasures, Art Informel, oh pardon, Informalism. I feel the taste of strawberries, pronouncing it in French. So, this « is a pictorial movement from the 1940s–1950s, that includes all the abstract and gestural tendencies that developed in France and the rest of Europe during the World War II, parallel to American abstract expressionism », announces us our dear Wikipedia. And I announce you, that it is a genuine union of color, movement and passion.
Jean Fautrier, The pretty girl, 1944, private collection
Soulages Pierre, Painting 100 x 73 cm, November 9, 1954, Rennes, Museum of Fine Arts
Wols (aka), Schulze Alfred Otto Wolfgang, Sans titre, 1944-45
Such artists as Jean Fautrier, Wols and Pierre Soulages, by the way the last one got his personal exhibition in the Louvre this winter being 100 years-old, present us their studies of the colours, its compositions and reflections. We also do not have to forget about the general history, the begging of the World War II. Artists, maybe, at some point, lost, just needed to give a form to all those feelings and emotions, which occupied their consciousness. And they did it by creating an aesthetic abstract, informal. All this art expresses mostly an unconscious, chaotic activity of the artist. We can identify Informalism by spontaneous, expressif moves and gestures, which mostly were produced without any sense at the beginning. In all arts movements, I find this as one of the best example of artistic process.
"It's what I find that tells me what I'm looking for»,
- Olivier Masmonteil, contemporary French artiste.
The artist who gave a birth to my endless love with the movement is Wols. Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, aka Wols, was born in 1913 in Berlin but passed the longest part of his life in France with his wife Grety, where he died in 1951 in Paris. His life road was quiet similar to a normal artistic one: his father was a high-ranking civil servant and an artlover, who died when Wols was only 16. Since that the young Wols got into photography, working for magazines, in photo studios and exposing later in the famous Parisian galleries. Photography was his passion but he was also one of the first to develop the Informalism, experiencing with the layers of watercolor and pen-drawing. His lyrical abstraction has a hypnotic deepness and stays always soft. The composition is usually focused in the center, as if we were observing a birth of somebody’s thought or even mind. The pictorial art which does not burden but leads an inner world.
Wols (aka), Schulze Alfred Otto Wolfgang, Blue grenade, 1946, Paris, Center Pompidou
Wols (aka), Schulze Alfred Otto Wolfgang, La Cité , 1950 Dijon, Museum of Fine Arts
Wols (aka), Schulze Alfred Otto Wolfgang, Composition, Old titles: The broken mast, 1943, Paris, Centre Pompidou
Wols (aka), Schulze Alfred Otto Wolfgang, It's All Over The City, 1947