1918 (Sathonay Camp) - 1988 (Paris)

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Originally a lyrical abstract painter, highly influenced by Japanese art and Zen doctrine, Jean Degottex experimented with many techniques to evacuate the gesture and, beyond that, any sign of the artist's presence. He meditated at length before taking action. From Zen, he learned that no single thing exists alone - so the "emptiness" of the canvas is a component of the work in the same way as the signs to which it is linked.

This almost mystical relationship to art brings Jean Degottex closer to the great American abstract painters, Rothko or Newman...