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François Boisrond

This pocket monograph on François Boisrond is introduced by a text by Jean-Yves Jouannais.

Born in 1959, François Boisrond studied at the École nationale des arts décoratifs in Paris (1977-1980). In 1981, he was part of the Figuration Libre movement with Robert Combas, Rémi Blanchard and Hervé Di Rosa. In 1983, he was awarded the Villa Médicis Hors les murs and moved to a studio in New York. He taught at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 2000 to 2021.


This book presents all the artist's major series in chronological order.


During the 1980s, Boisrond painted flat acrylic canvases of figurative figures and landscapes in black circles, presented in boxes, banners and coats of arms. He is inspired by "the art brut of normal people, visual products, advertising mascots, stickers, window decorations for Christmas, video games...", his life, the history of art, and affirms "a romantic approach, with its limits, a desire to speak of oneself, one's feelings, sentiment...".


Later, he took Paris as his subject, everyday life, the street, the sweepers, the garbage collectors, the contract workers, the JCDecaux signs, the cars. From the beginning he developed a distanced chronicle of the art world.


He paints the salons, the Fiac, the Venice Biennale, the museums. In the 2000's, starting with digital photos, he creates film-painting mise en abîme, looking at his life, art and its history, and takes up and diverts paintings from the history of art.



Price 12 euros
ISBN 978-2-840056-832-2
224 pages
+ more than 150 illustrations