ABDALLAH BENANTEUR, WORKS OF LIGHT. Paintings, 1953-2003.
For the 500 anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the city of Amboise opened a new center for contemporary Art, called ‘Le Garage’. An exhibition will begin on September 27, which will pay tribute to the Algerian and French artist Abdallah Benanteur (Algeria, 1931-France, 2017), with a selection of outstanding paintings, representing the first fifty years of his œuvre, from his arrival to Paris in 1953 until 2003.
These paintings are from the Collection of Claude & France Lemand and from the Donation they did in October 2018 to the Museum of Institut du monde arabe, Paris.
Ludivine Petit, directrice artistique
LE GARAGE centre d’art
1 rue du Général Foy - 37400 AMBOISE
Presentation by Claude Lemand
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 December 31, 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, The Song of the Earth. Retrospective-Tribute. Introduction by Claude Lemand. Text by Emmanuel Daydé. Catalogue 112 pages, 21 x 29,7 cm. Museum de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France, 2018.
BENANTEUR, Paintings. Monograph prepared and published by Claude Lemand, 224 pages, 25 x 33 cm. Texts in French and English. Paris, 2002. ISBN 2-910263-00-2.
BENANTEUR, Graphic Works. Monograph prepared and published by Claude Lemand, 288 pages, 25 x 33 cm. Texts in French and English. Paris, 2005. ISBN 2-910263-02-9.