Armand-Henri Nakache, ‘Untitled’, 20th Century, Lions Gallery
Armand-Henri Nakache, ‘Untitled’, 20th Century, Lions Gallery
Armand-Henri Nakache, ‘Untitled’, 20th Century, Lions Gallery

Armand Nakache was the foremost champion of Expressionism in France, an area unfairly shunned by a society more attracted to the charms of classical painting, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism public or even the mysteries of Cubism .
He opted for the reality of life using the amazing, burlesque or violence, without any cheating. Hard and soft at the same time, he knows us deeply, moved by the fantastic side that gave us his works, sometimes flirting with Hieronimus Bosch, Breughel, Goya, Daumier and Rouault.

Armand Nakache, tormented by the horror of the war, certainly irritated by the carelessness of his contemporaries, sought through his work leave us a message, a sort of warning against the errors of our society.
Disturbing and endearing at the same time, Armand Nakache was not only a witness of his time, but also an outstanding visionary and master of the extraordinary and of color, worth once and for all the admiration of many. In the fifties, the paintings of this artist were more expensive than those of Bernard Buffet or other large painting. This master of the fantastic Expressionism, produced as strong if not more works than Ensor, Kokoschka, Rouault, Soutine or Vlaminck.
He gave up painting to go off and fight in World War I returning a decorated war hero. He ended the war as a lieutenant. His return to painting was difficult and he struggled to make ends meet with a number of different jobs.
Working tirelessly, he participated in the creation of the Populist Salon where he became the Secretary-General. His art is so austere and his first concern is to draw constantly. He also tried to burn then its range is released and becomes much more colorful. Nakache a time and joins exceeds the "beast" that was stunning in its infancy Vlaminck trying to go beyond the limits of Expressionism.
Meanwhile Nakache returns constantly to question and his painting becomes more poignant. In 1947, he inaugurated the series of clowns and painted couples without any complacency as if mankind was born under the sign of the curse.
The conflict of 1914-1918 and of 1939-1945 have left their traces in Nakache who paints like an invisible demon to exorcise came to inhabit. Strangely, life pulsates behind the grotesque and creepy masks and we feel that Nakache painted his canvases with a passion disproportionate and a fierce desire to excel.
At no time does Nakache seek honors. he shows with the Salon Des Independents, the Painters witnesses of their time, at the Venice Biennale.

Condition: Good

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