Artcurial Sale of June 4, 2013


The first painting by Alain Jacquet presented is a Florence. This acrylic serigraph on canvas was produced in 1969 in 50 copies. The canvas is signed, dated and numbered on the back “Alain Jacquet, 1969, n ° 35/50”.

The second painting for sale, (Left) is the Camouflage “Michelangelo”, Sistine-Rome Engineering produced in 1962-63. This oil on canvas is a unique work, hand painted, which is among the most important works of Alain Jacquet. The canvas is signed, titled, dated and annotated below to the right, and countersigned, titled and dated on the back.

These works were appraised by the Alain Jacquet Committee and were recorded in the Catalog Raisonné by Alain Jacquet.

Record at Versailles for Le Zèbre!


On April 21, the Perrin-Royère-Lajeunesse study organized the “Important Abstract and Contemporary Paintings, Sculptures” sale at the Chevau-Légers hotel in Versailles.

Alongside Soulages, Hartung, Erro and Miro, there was also Le Zèbre by Alain Jacquet.

Imposing triptych (195 x 342 cm) made in 1966, this acrylic on canvas is one of Alain Jacquet’s major works. The Zebra was notably exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1966 and more recently at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice in 2005, during the exhibition “Camouflages et Trames” dedicated to Alain Jacquet.

This imposing painting was sold for € 105,332, a record amount for a work by Alain Jacquet in public sale for several years.

Laure and Grégoire at  Sotheby’s


The Evening of Contemporary Art Sale on June 6 in Paris will present works from two prestigious international private collections: the Collection of the Countess Viviane de Witt and the Collection Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt.

Among the masterpieces of the sale, one can cite in particular exemplary canvases of Warhol or of Hantaï and other remarkable works of Willem de Kooning and Jean Dubuffet.

Alongside these great names in contemporary art, there is a Laure and Grégoire, produced by Alain Jacquet in 1969.

This unique work by Alain Jacquet, hand-painted weft, has been appraised by the Alain Jacquet Committee and has been registered in the Catalog Raisonné by Alain Jacquet.

Alain Jacquet at the New York Armory Show. 


Alain Jacquet is exhibited in New York during the Armory Show, a large contemporary art fair which will take place from March 7 to 10, 2013, Pier 94 …

Below is the international press release from the Hervé Bize Gallery which organized the event:

THE ARMORY SHOW 2013, New York City, Pier 94 ; 6 (preview) – 10 March 2013 – Galerie Hervé Bize – Booth 728 

For our second participation to The Armory Show the gallery has decided to focus on a French artist who was deeply connected to the American art scene, Alain Jacquet (1939-2008). This exhibition project has been especially conceived for The Armory Show, in a narrow collaboration with Sophie Matisse and the Alain Jacquet Comity. Despite his death five years ago in New York City where he used to live mainly since 1964 this project will demonstrate how his approach still sounds very contemporary and that he continues to have a major influence on the current scene. 

Alain Jacquet was a leader into using very large media and innovative materials with a particular precocity. At the very beginning of the 60’s he started to work on his famous Camouflages, confronting populars images and icons of museums before one of his masterpieces, Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1964), by using silkscreen process which with he had introduced mechanical style. 

The treatment of the images, that Jacquet uses, makes him close at this time from Martial Raysse — for the french part — to American artists like Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein. He first shows his work in New York at Alexander Iolas Gallery in 1964 and obtains immediately an international consideration. He took part to major exhibitions like Documenta IV and When attitudes become form. 

During the following decades Alain Jacquet introduced new supports like vinyl or plexiglass and at the earlier of the 80’s, he began to use computer and produced very large pieces (former than Jeff Koons). He does not yet give up the traditional practice of painting to give fantasmatic visions of Earth, variations about our planet based upon a same photography made by NASA and the first spacemen. 

It is this appetite of experience, renewing the stakes and the questions of his work, always interested in the phenomena of transformation, his almost scientific curiosity and his exceptional ease blows up that our project wants to let perceive through the selected works for the art fair. 

The booth will gather a set of significant pieces of periods and the main themes of the artist, the photomechanical weft of the 60’s, until the landscapes of the Earth and the solar system and will demonstrate the consistency of this process which, for more than thirty years, developed compared to the pictures stemming from new technologies and from their incidence in the art.  

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