Michel Carrade – Untitled, signed original oil painting, 1960.
Signed “M. Carrade” and dated “1960”
Oil on art paper
20″ x 25.6″ (51 cm x 65 cm)
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This 1960 painting by Carrade is a beautiful, dynamic and colorful lyrical abstraction. Michel Carrade (1923-2021) belonged to the School of Paris, the main movement of Lyrical Abstraction. After growing up and studying in the Southwest of France, Carrade moved to Paris in 1946. In 1963, Michel Carrade joined the Jeanne Bucher Gallery at the invitation of then-director Jean-François Jaeger. His first monographic exhibition was a success. In 1969, after exhibiting at The Galerie de Montréal, he stopped by New York and discovered how painters like Mark Rothko or Jackson Pollock used gesture, matter and color directly, stripped of all sentimentality. “Tablecloths”, presented in Montreal, announced a turning point in the work of Michel Carrade who increasingly turned to the work on light that proceeded from the exact balance of colors in powerful tension. He then abandoned the concepts of lyrical abstraction to move towards pure forms of painting that capture light energy. In 1989, he and his wife moved back to their home in the Southwest of France (designed by Claude Parent). The following years would be those of intense solitary work on his hill in the Tarn countryside. In 2000, he exhibited in New York, Roseline Koener’s gallery “Le Bateau Fou”. One of Michel Carrade’s recent exhibitions was at Françoise Livinec’s gallery in Paris (29 January 2020 until 13 March 2020).
His work is present in major contemporary and modern art museums in Europe (France, Belgium, Germany, and more) and he is considered one of France’s best, most vibrant, abstract painters. He was one of architect Claude Parent’s best friends and this piece is coming from the late Claude Parent’s collection.
Biography (in French): https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Carrade
Other work by Michel Carrade on The Art Motion: 1960 signed ink drawing