Max PAPART |
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France 1911 - 1994
Master printmaker, born in Marseille, he learned the techniques of classic engraving in 1936 in Paris. In 1960, he added to the classic processes the technique of etching with carborundum invented by his friend Henri Goetz. In the years 1969-73 Papart taught printmaking at the University of Paris VIII-Vincennes. He continues to make his own plates and to supervise the hand printing of his prints.
One of the most intriguing intellectual concepts which Papart achieves in his two-dimensional, semi-cubistic style is a "window" through which the viewer senses the past or future, or even another time or place. This development has become more pronounced since 1981 and in recent years it is seen even more graphically in such works as Circle, Indian Summer, Dreams, and Silent Woman. It has been said the Papart does not "paint," he "composes." His compositions come together in a symphony of line, shape and color.
Working in a Cubist style, he depicts circus scenes, flirting couples, soaring birds and similar cheerful subjects with flat, overlapping planes of contrasting colors and textures which suggest many levels of depth. Often he also achieves what has been called a "time window" effect through which the viewer senses the past or future, as in his Indian Summer or Silent Woman.
Papart contends that he never attributes any specific meaning to his work. He feels that each painting has its own meaning and needs no interpretation from him. This is not to say that Papart is simply a purveyor of superficial entertainment. For all its decorative gaiety, his works also force the viewer to think. As the noted critic André Parinaud put it, "We are going to rediscover Papart as one of the masters of the second cubist generation, born from color and from the geometric demand of the composition... His radiating warmth will be much appreciated."
Papart has received a number of awards for printmaking. His work is found in many collections, including those of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Musee d'Art Moderne, Paris, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and Yale University, New Haven.
Partial List of Exhibitions and Museums:
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Musée Cantini, Marseilles
Foundation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Phoenix Art museum, Phoenix, Arizona
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, Florida
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Bibliotheque Nationale de l'Arsenal, Paris
National Gallery, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
British Museum, London
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Grands et Jeunes d' Aujourd'hui, Palais des Champs Elysées, Paris
Présence Contemporaine, Aix-en-Provence
Centenaire du Salon des Independents, Grand Palais, Paris
Nahan Galleries, New Orleans, Tokyo
Papart contends that he never attributes any specific meaning to his work. He feels that each painting has its own meaning and needs no interpretation from him. Papart's paintings, in his own words, "force the viewer to think, and it is for the viewer to respond to the art based on his own personal experiences." ...
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