Jean-Pierre Jouffroy

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Untitled (Modernist Landscape)
Oil on Board
13 x 15 in

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Jean-Pierre  Jouffroy

Jean-Pierre Jouffroy

Jean-Pierre Jouffroy Description

Jean-Pierre Jouffroy is a French painter, printmaker and sculptor who has been a working artist for more than 80 years. His influences include Wassily Kandinsky, Nicolas de Staël, Matisse and Picasso. In late 2013, Jouffroy mounted a major retrospective of his work at the Place du Colonel Fabien in Paris.

Jouffroy was born in Paris in 1933. When he was 11 years old, he saw the work of Wassily Kandinsky and Nicolas de Staël in a gallery and fell in love with modernism. “As a young boy, I dreamed of covering the surface of the earth in paint,” Jouffroy recalls.

Early in his career, the artist created purely abstract work that was heavily influenced by Staël. Then, in the late 1950’s, Jouffroy had an artistic epiphany.

“An abstract painting always shows something, like it or not,” he explains. “The painting is the image of an internal battle. This fight is itself a metaphor for our relationships in the social sphere.” Based on this realization, Jouffroy decided to incorporate the visual vocabulary of abstraction into representational work.

The shift sent the artist on a journey that traced the innovations of modernists like Picasso and Cezanne in reverse. Just like those artists, Jouffroy was experimenting with abstracted figures and landscapes, but he was coming from a wholly nonrepresentational world that his predecessors never explored.

Read more about Jouffroy and the painting in our collection on the Matthews Gallery blog.

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