BENANTEUR, PAINTINGS, 1959-2011.

From 2 June to 13 July 2015 - Espace Claude Lemand

  • Benanteur, Méditerranéens.

    Méditerranéens, 1992. Oil on canvas, 130 x 162 cm. Monograph page 159. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Abdallah Benanteur. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • Benanteur, La Pente.

    La Pente, 1991. Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm. Monograph page 117. Donation Claude & France Lemand. Musée, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. © Abdallah Benanteur. Courtesy Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris.

  • 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, PAINTINGS, 1959-2011.

Abdallah Benanteur’s blazing land­scapes are rooted in a two-folded anchoring. The great Algerian painter, born in Mostaganem in 1931, arrived in Paris in 1953. Following the Arab-Islamic tra­di­tion, his cul­ture fuses non-fig­u­ra­tive art with a per­sonal lyri­cism, which reflects the beauty of a lost nature that has been found again. The nos­talgia of the deserts’ and the Mediterranean’s far away hori­zons is trans­posed into Brittany’s vast seascapes. With hon­ey­combed touches of paint, he recre­ates the shifting beauty of the spec­trum of the sun, which trans­form the land­scape, unset­tled like its imag­i­nary world. His painting is poly­mor­phous as it is pen­e­trated by scan­sions, formal ele­ments har­mo­niously put together and painted with a care­fully mas­tered freedom. His accom­plished skills as a painter bear wit­ness of his famil­iarity of the great mas­ters, which he had seen at the Louvre and in Italy.

There are no empty spaces in his vibrant paint­ings bursting with translu­cent and opaque colours, making way for the light of the sun or of the twi­light to pierce through the canvas. His painting is uni­versal and reveals itself as a broad touch with sym­phonic accents that cel­e­brate the great orig­inal forces, hinted by iri­des­cent, mar­bled, aerial tex­tures in unison with the sky, clouds, ocean and wide cosmic areas enshrouded with trans­paren­cies. Nor high, nei­ther low, sim­ilar to Chinese painting, in his visual poems with its lyrical arbores­cence con­stantly expanding. His paint­ings are exe­cuted with a move­ment rem­i­nis­cent of cal­lig­raphy cher­ished by a fine glazing. They are metaphor­ical, sym­bol­ical. They are an ode to life. (Lydia Harambourg, La Gazette Drouot, October 2013)

Translated from French by Valérie Hess.

Available Publications:
1. BENANTEUR, Paintings. Volume 1 of his mono­graph, edited and pub­lished by Claude Lemand, Paris 2002. Hard cover, 224 pages in colour, 25 x 33 cm. Texts in English and French. ISBN 2-910263-00-2

2. BENANTEUR, Graphic Works. Volume 2 of his mono­graph, edited and pub­lished by Claude Lemand, Paris, 2005. Hard cover 288 pages in colour, 25 x 33 cm. Texts in English and French. ISBN 2-910263-02-9.

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