Jean Commère (1920-1986) Doëlan, 1949 Oil on canvas 54x81cm Jean Commère (1920-1986) would have been 100 years old on April 5, 2020. Colorist painter and virtuoso draftsman, he crosses the second part of the twentieth century by affirming the figurative vocation of art. Protagonist of the Young Painting, he was consecrated during his lifetime alongside Bernard Buffet or Jean Jansem. The Crécy gallery pays homage to him with the exceptional presentation of unpublished and major works. With more than 100 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and ceramics, this retrospective exhibition constitutes a representative panorama of all of the artist's production. Painting in 1950 men, women, children, landscapes, still lifes ... At a time when abstraction was asserting itself as a major trend, where new, more conceptual trajectories were already being defined, Jean Commère believed that figurative art remained relevant. He joined the painters of the Young Painting group then those of the Salon des Peintres, witnesses of their time, who in 1947 asserted their realistic vocation. Jean Commère was one of the most famous representatives of the general public during the 1950s and 1980s. At his side, Bernard Buffet and Jean Jansem occupy the Parisian walls, their elders are Jean Carzou, Brianchon, Grüber ... Jean Commère exhibits in Paris of course, but also in London and New York. He was awarded prestigious prizes (1963: Prize for Painters Witnesses of Their Time - 1974: Francis Smith Prize…). His works are acquired by museums and major foreign collectors. Jean Commère died in 1986 in Saint-Mathurin-sur-Loire near Angers. Exceptional draftsman, colorist watercolorist, Jean Commère was also an accomplished painter. His favorite themes are all represented in the centenary exhibition: landscapes, intimate figures, genre scenes, bouquets of flowers… The work is flamboyant and captivating. The retrospective exhibition offers a reading that updates the work of this painter and gives it a new reading: modern, strong, personal.
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