ABDALLAH BENANTEUR, The Song of the Earth. Retrospective-Tribute.

From 9 June to 9 September 2018 - City of ISSOUDUN - Musée de l'Hospice Saint-Roch. - Free Entrance.

  • Benanteur, Les Elus.

    Les Elus, 1986. Oil on canvas. Polyptych, 150 x 350 cm. Monograph pages 72-73. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Abdallah Benanteur. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • BENANTEUR, Le Courroux.

    Le Courroux, 1989. Oil on canvas, 195 x 130 cm. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Abdallah Benanteur. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • BENANTEUR, Le Départ de Halouma.

    Le Départ de Haloum, 1986. Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Monograph page 68. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Abdallah Benanteur. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

ABDALLAH BENANTEUR, The Song of the Earth.
Retrospective-Tribute.
Exhibition from June 9 to September 9. 2018.
Free Entrance.

Claude Lemand:
The Museum of Saint-Roch Hospice in Issoudun will pay tribute to the great painter Abdallah Benanteur (1931-2017) by organ­ising the first ret­ro­spec­tive after he passed away. A selec­tion of out­standing works will be show­cased in its premises, rep­re­senting all the stages of his œuvre, from his arrival date in Paris in 1953 until he ceased painting in January 2012 : 51 paint­ings (some of which are mon­u­mental) and 57 works on paper including prints, draw­ings, water­colours, gouaches and artist’s books.

Born in 1931 in Mostaghanem, Abdallah Benanteur was brought up in an Algerian family and cul­tural envi­ron­ment, specif­i­cally enthralled by writing and illu­mi­nated manuscripts, by mystic Muslim poetry, by Andalusian music and songs. After com­pleting his studies at the School of Fine Arts in Oran and his mil­i­tary ser­vice, he set­tled down in Paris in 1953, which he trans­formed into his own cap­ital of life and cre­ativity. Abdallah Benanteur passed away on 31 December 2017, at Ivry-sur-Seine, France.

Impregnated by the Arab cul­ture from his native Algeria, by the great European painting in museums across France and Europe, by the graphic arts and manuscripts from Europe, the East and the Far East, inspired by the poets from around the world - having become a true expert in that field thanks to his wife Monique Boucher - he man­aged to create his own per­sonal and sub­lime works, pro­ducing lyrical land­scapes infused with the light of his Mediterranean home­land and that of his adopted Brittany, as well as a tran­scen­dental light that trans­forms the memory’s land­scapes in a par­adise peo­pled by his beloved ‘chosen’ ones’. Abdallah Benanteur’s true light is in his oeuvre and varies depending on dif­ferent periods. This light is from here and from else­where, « nei­ther Oriental nor Western”, illu­mi­nating those whose gaze is in har­mony with it.

Available Publications:

Abdallah BENANTEUR, Le Chant de la Terre. Rétrospective-Hommage. Text by Emmanuel Daydé. Catalogue 112 pages, 21 x 29,7 cm. Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, City of Issoudun, France.

BENANTEUR, Paintings. Monograph edited and pub­lished by Claude Lemand, 224 pages in colour, 25 x 33 cm. Texts in French and in English. Paris, 2002. ISBN 2-910263-00-2.

BENANTEUR, Œuvres graphiques. Monograph edited and pub­lished by Claude Lemand, 288 pages in colour, 25 x 33 cm. Texts in French and in English. Paris, 2005. ISBN 2-910263-02-9.

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