Collection : JACQUES NESTLÉ – Abstract Art in the 1950’s »


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 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.

Collection - ART CLOCHE Jean Starck – Le Pionnier de l’Art Urbain

Take Five exhibition poster

Art Cloche

Jean Starck is a co-founder of the Art Cloche movement (1981-1989), in Paris and belongs to the artist generation of the 80's / 90's of the French underground culture and urban Art.

Inspired by artists such as Gauguin or Dubuffet and like Basquiat, his style is original, spontaneous, energetic and sometimes violent.

His works are halfway between Art Brut and neo-primitive Art.

2002 exhibited his WORKS of the ART CLOCHE Period  in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.


Théo Blanc (1891 – 1965) et Antoine Demilly (1892 – 1964)

Théo Blanc et Antoine Demilly

"Blanc and Demilly" is a signature forever inseparable from the history of photography. Blanc for Theo, born in Lyon in 1891, bookkeeper in a silk industry, before joining the Edward Bron photography studio.

Demilly for Antoine said Tony, born in Mâcon in 1892 who was apprenticed to the studio in 1910 Blanc and Demilly therefore, who succeeded their father in 1924 as head of the studio 31, rue Grenette, Lyon.

he Studio Blanc and Demilly became the fashionable place where the Lyon bourgeoisie rushing to have their portraits painted, and have up to thirty employees. Perfect complementarity between Blanc - who master the technique - and Demilly - gifted amateur of poetry of great artistic sense - giving their portraits an incomparable modeled and modernity. Curious, cultured, friendly, they show themselves to listen to customer tastes and demonstrate an exceptional dynamism. In 1935, they opened a shop-gallery at 10, President Carnot Street to display and sell prints. A forum of discussion for photography lovers, whom Blanc and Demilly lavish criticism and advice, the gallery also publishes a bulletin of information photographic monthly (1938-1939), organizes themed photo output and competitions until its closure in 1951. Friends and many notable artists, Blanc and Demilly realize their portraits - Auguste Lumière, Édouard Herriot, Maurice Utrillo, Picasso ... - and deliver a regular columnist in the Lyon cultural life, covering theatrical performances of Roger Planchon , literary prizes, and even religious holidays ...


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