Edgard Pillet

Encyclopédie Larousse. “Edgard Pillet. French painter and sculptor (1912-1996). Studied at the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux, then that of Paris. His early paint­ings were inspired by Neo-cubism, before leaning more towards abstrac­tion in 1948. General sec­re­tary for the magazine Art d’Aujourd’hui (from 1949 onwards). He founded the Atelier d’art abstrait in 1950 in Paris with Jean Dewasne. Following a two-year stay in America where he taught, he redi­rected his abstrac­tion towards sym­bolic land­scape painting, before intro­ducing astral fig­ures and geo­metric com­po­si­tions (Creusets series) into his works around 1960. He is also the author of sev­eral archi­tec­tural designs, such as that of the wall facade of the University of Sciences’ amphithe­atre in Grenoble.”
Translated from French by Valérie Hess.

Sylvie Nordmann. Painting. "Precision and pas­sion. Geometric abstrac­tion, Constructed art, Cold abstrac­tion, Lyrical abstrac­tion, School of Paris, Art of the Fiftees, … what­ever may be the artistic trend which Pillet falls under. His oeuvre exe­cuted between the 1950s and 1990s express an acute under­standing of colour, inter­laced with a capacity for formal cre­ation that gives an overall striking har­mony and a very per­sonal poetic con­tent. Characterised by a con­struc­tive rigour and con­stant inno­va­tion, Pillet explores colours and shapes always within a per­ma­nent bal­ance between pas­sion and pre­ci­sion. He anal­yses all the aspects of a theme he invents and com­bines it with vari­a­tions from former themes through dif­ferent means of expres­sion. With a for­malist rigour that excludes coin­ci­dence, facility or grandiosity, Edgard Pillet sug­gests an intel­lec­tual and sen­si­tive dia­logue to the viewer. He offers a big autonomy of com­pre­hen­sion to the latter with regards to his own intu­ition, just as in music.”
Translated from French by Valérie Hess.

Works in Public Collections

MNAM Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
MAM de la Ville de Paris
MOMA, New York
Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Alger
Musée Ateneum, Helsinki
Museum of Modern Art, Eilat
National Museum, Djakarta
Finland Museum, Imatra
Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine, Paris

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