ARTIST INFO

Louis Cane

Louis CANE (1943-) is one of the leading figures of the French contemporary artists. He, who joined the artistic movement “Support/Surface” that flourished in France for several years from 1969 , focused on the surface of the canvas (=Surface) and the framework (=Support). “ What we generally see when we see pictures is no more than the surface of it, which is only the substance of oil colors on the linen clothes,” is his theory and started to produce the works with their canvases cut out so as to expose their structures and backsides.

Whereas “ Support / Surface ” movement was being brought to its end, Louis Cane, from about 1975, started to draw semi-abstract paintings based on the traditional by Cezanne, Giotto and so on. By painting on the masterpieces of past tradition, he continued to pursue how to mix the coloring experience and the life experience.

The coloring is one inevitable and essential element of works of Louis Cane. He manipulates colors with airing and stretching, so that the outlines and aspects of them are altered in order to approach the illogicality created by the coloring delight. He says he found “the way to discover the colors hidden in the air” and his latest works are more color-conscious with inconspicuous casing (Support) such as aluminum and glass fiber.

Works

  • Title
    Nympheas
    Size
    219.0×180.0cm
    Year
    1993
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    De l' air coloré
    Size
    147.0×147.0cm
    Year
    2008
    Medium
    Resin paint on wire gauze
  • Title
    De l'air coloré
    Size
    45.5×53.5cm
    Year
    2006
  • Title
    Toile découpée
    Size
    99×148.3
    Year
    1972
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    Tampon Encore sur le drap
    Size
    142×105cm
    Year
    1967
  • Title
    Nympheas
    Size
    219.0×180.0cm
    Year
    1993
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    De l' air coloré
    Size
    147.0×147.0cm
    Year
    2008
    Medium
    Resin paint on wire gauze
  • Title
    De l'air coloré
    Size
    45.5×53.5cm
    Year
    2006
  • Title
    Toile découpée
    Size
    99×148.3
    Year
    1972
    Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Title
    Tampon Encore sur le drap
    Size
    142×105cm
    Year
    1967

CV

1943
Born in Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, France
1958
Graduated from Nice National Decorative Art School. Entered National Decorative Art School in Paris
1962
Gained the national license for the interior decoration. Completed his first abstract drawing
1968
Graduated from National Decorative Art School in Paris
Got awarded Roma Grand Rouge
1971
Started a magazine Picture-Theory Note
1981
Lectured at Paris Art Salon. Settled his atlier in Saint Maur. Worked on sculptures again.
1993
Exhibited funiture and decorative objects

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1969
Held his first personal exhibition in Paris. (Gallery Givaudan)
1985
Exhibitied at Cicago International Art Fair. Had his personal exhibition on Sculptures. ( Gallery Beaubourg)
1987
'Unpublicized Works of Louis CANE' at Toulon Museum. Exhibited works created during 1977-87
1994
Personal exhibition Water lilies and Luois CANE at Orangerie Museum

Selected Group Exhibitions

1964
Submitted his work for the exhibition Venue for the Second Investigation in Nice
Exhibited in "Suport/Surface" in Paris and in Nice
Exhibited in the 7th Triennale in Paris
1973
Invited to the 8th Triennale in Paris
1977
Invited to the Documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany
2018
School of Nice From Pop Art to Happenings ,Hong Kong
2018
Monet’s Legacy , Nagoya City Art Museum, Yokohama Art Museum, Japan