It defined itself as a ” romantic lost in a world without romance “. The painter Jacques Monory, one of the artists in the most unusual of the “Figuration narrative”, the movement launched by the critic Gérald Gassiot-Talabot in the 1960s, died in Paris on 17 October, at the age of 94 years. Born June 25, 1924 (no one knows why, but his official biography has long been rejuvenated by ten years in Paris, he had followed the course of the national superior school of applied arts, then worked in the art editions Robert Delpire, a specialist in photography. Monory will also, it will be the basis of all his paintings.
He began painting in 1952, abstract works : “I tried, gave it to the World in 2004, because in the 1950s, if you weren’t a painting tends to be vaguely abstract, or surreal, you were taken for a feeble-minded. The result has been monstrous. I had done a series of paintings and reddish, very morbid, like the skins of sick. I have destroyed everything. “In fact, the catalogue of his paintings prepared by Jean-Christophe Bailly and published by the galerie Maeght in 1979 pointed to several hundreds of tables with this statement,” destroyed “. It was not until 1964 that some are beginning to find favour in his eyes.
This year, he participates in the summer exhibition of the Museum of modern art of the city of Paris, called by Gassiot-Talabot, ” Mythologies daily “, which mark the beginnings of narrative Figuration. The movement brings together different personalities but who have in common a strong political commitment. Monory is an exception :
” I have done a few paintings policy, admitted it in 2004. It was not my nature. There are those who are really in the social critique. But for me, what I am criticizing, if there is criticism in what I do – yes, there are -, it is the human condition, not the company…