Artist : Jean-Pierre STORA (1933-1996)
Title : The crowd
Medium : Watercolor painting on canson paper
Particularities of the work : Painting countersigned on the back by the artist
Size : 16 x 32 cm
Condition : Good
Origin : Certified origin, the invoice engages the responsibility of the gallery as to the authenticity of the work.
Expert commentary and biography : Originally from Algiers, it was as a teenager that Jean Pierre Stora began to draw. Encouraged by a friend, he painted in oil, views of his family apartment, the port and portraits of his entourage. After obtaining his baccalaureate in philosophy, he was admitted to the competition, Painting section, of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and also enrolled at the Jullian Academy.
At the beginning of the 1970s, he acquired his first studio and, while painting on increasingly large formats, exhibited for the first time in Paris, in 1974. During the following years, he continued to draw and mainly painting landscapes. It was in the 80s that his art really revealed itself, strongly inspired by his aeronautical experiences, he drew his famous views of imaginary ports in Indian ink. Fascinated from its opening, by the Center Pompidou, the crowd that swells every day to get from one point to another becomes his favorite subject. He delights in observing the daily flow of walkers, tourists and students strolling through geometric and sometimes absurd universes. While inspiring him greatly, these large human anthills attract him as much as they worry him. Whether in oil, wash or Indian ink, he perceives in this human hive, musical rhythms and stages them in his works, like choreography.
Influenced by De Staël and Malevitch, he likes just like them, large geometries, soft colors and in particular gray. But what he likes above all is to emphasize the tone of a climate, an atmosphere and that his landscapes are understood by all. During this same period, he joined the Figuration Critique movement and began to exhibit at numerous events and at the Ariane Essor gallery.
Jean-Pierre STORA will therefore regularly put the human at the center of his works, although they are not very visible, put at a distance or even absent. He thus pushes the spectator to ask himself if he should worry or rejoice in this absence, if he should fraternize or isolate himself from his fellow men. In 1995, he retired from teaching and died suddenly, a few years later, at the age of 63.
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