Martin Barré
French, 1924-1993
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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2016
Jean-Paul Najar: Vision & Legacy,
Jean-Paul Najar Foundation
2014
Biennial of Painting: "The Touch of the Painter",
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens
2013
1972-1977, The Decisive Years,
Galerie Nathalie Obadia

A major figure in the history of post-war French abstraction, Martin Barré’s restless experimentalism led him to challenge accepted modes of abstract painting throughout his career, exploring line, color, form, and two-dimensional surface. Trained first in architecture before turning to painting, Barré’s compositions typically feature white backgrounds and spare forms with a distinct relationship between figure and ground; in his later career he painted brightly colored geometric shapes and introduced serial works. “I do not paint to convey moods,” he once said. “I use a rule, a ‘rule of the game,’ and I transgress it when it so requires.” He employed a range of tools at different points in the evolution of his practice, using a palette knife in his early career before going on to squeeze paint directly from tube to canvas, later turning to spray paint and stencils. He was profoundly …

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