ART COLLECTION : 350 artworks
Artist : Jacques Nestlé, Germany/France (1907 – 1991)
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Living in Berlin in 1925 Jacques NESTLÉ was influenced by the Bauhaus movement and avant-garde artists, including his contemporaries Kandinsky and Paul Klee. In 1933, he moved to Paris and joined numerous artists in Paris where the Modern Art revolution was already in progress since the middle of the 19th century.
Two important events occurred in Paris: first, Henri Matisse noticed his work, encouraged him and inspired him lastingly. Secondly, art dealer and art collector Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler elected to promote him as he did with Picasso, Braque, Derain or Gris. Jacques Nestlé, who describes himself as « not a painter, not an artist, but simply a man who paints », did not pursue Kahnweiler’s offer.
He lived on the proceeds of his art without ostentation and claimed that his paintings brought him happiness.
Jacques Nestlé is the painter of colors and forms, in the same artistic vein as some of his contemporaries such as Kandinsky, Mondrian or Miró. His art cultivates a deliberate ambiguity between figuration and abstraction, evolving towards a personal form of lyric abstraction in which the artist unleashes his direct expression, a reflection of his inner emotions.