Philippe COMAR
Drawing Section / Morphology – Drawing “visits”

Philippe Comar has been teaching as a professor of morphology and drawing at the École since 1979. He has exhibited at the Centre Pompidou (Nouvelles acquisitions du MNAM in 1981 and In Situ in 1982, Donation Daniel Cordier in 1990), the Venice Biennale (Arte e scienza in 1986), the Mücsarnok Kunsthalle in Budapest (Perspective exhibition, 1999) and at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona (Oblidant Velázquez - Las Meninas, in 2008). The MNAM-Centre Pompidou and the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain have acquired his works. Comar designed the Sténopé exhibition on spatial perspective and simulation of space, on view at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris since 1987. In 1999 he designed the sets for Pierre Darde’s production of the ballet Orison at the Opéra National de Paris. He has collaborated on the planning of a number of exhibitions, including L’Âme au corps, art et science at the Grand Palais in 1993, Identité et Altérité at the Venice Biennale in 1995, L’Art du nu au XIXe siècle at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 1997, Mélancolie, génie et folie en Occident at the Grand Palais in 2005, L’Homme-paysage (Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, 2006), Les Années 30 (Ottawa: Fine Arts Museum of Canada, 2008), Lucien Freud, l’atelier (Centre Pompidou, 2010) and Crime et châtiment (Musée d’Orsay, 2010), Masculin/Masculin (Musée d’Orsay, 2013). Comar curated the exhibition Figures du corps, une leçon d’anatomie à l’École des Beaux-Arts at the École in Fall 2008 and edited the exhibition catalogue.
He has written for several journals, including Opus International, Le Moule à gaufres, the psychoanalytic reviews f.a. and Penser-rêver, handling such subjects as monstruosity, organs, erotomania. Comar is the author of La Perspective en jeu (Gallimard, 1992), Les Images du corps (Gallimard, 1993), Mémoires de mon crâne (Gallimard, 1997), Obscénités, photographies interdites d’Auguste Belloc (Paris: Albin Michel, 2001) Les Dunes d’Ambleteuse (Paris: Arléa-Seuil, 2004), and Lucien Freud, peintre de la nudité (Gallimard special publication, 2010), special issue, Gallimard, 2013.
He has been coordinator of the École’s drawing section since 2001.