George Rousse

1947 · France

Artist biography

George Rousse is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in France, like other famous artists such as Zoé Rumeau, Jean-Baptiste Caron, Bertrand Lamarche, Gaelle Chotard, and Juliette-Andréa Elie. George Rousse was born in 1947.

Galleries and Exhibitions

George Rousse is represented and exhibited by several galleries around the world, in countries such as France, Italy, and Spain. Galleries include Galerie RX in Paris, Photo & Contemporary in Turin, and Galería La Caja Negra in Madrid. George Rousse's work has most recently been exhibited at Photo & Contemporary in Turin (25 September 2019 until 17 October 2019) with the exhibition Recent Site-Specific Works. George Rousse's work has also been exhibited during the A Drawing Room exhibition at Photo & Contemporary in Turin, Italy (01 November 2019 - 20 December 2019).

Historical Context of France

France has been an influential nation in the development of modernism. During the nineteenth century, France established the foundations of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by internationally famed artists. In the first half of the 20th century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural hub, contributing vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements flourished at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French artistic figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amongst many of others.

Further Biographical Context for George Rousse

George Rousse was born in 1947 and was primarily influenced by the 1960s. The universal impact of the 1960s was truly sensational across the globe. Evocative of a time stirring both faith and anger, the 1960s prompted an outburst of cutting-edge philosophies and movements, truly exciting and spectacular. Historically set in the context of the Cold War, which would have a highly influential impact internationally, largely defined by the Iron Curtain dividing Europe both physically and spiritually, and significantly marked by the erection of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The 1960s re-defined all pre-existing assumptions on gender, race and justice, questioned education as well as morality and selfhood – for instance through the civil rights movement and second wave of feminism, as well as student political uprisings. The incredible escalation of mass consumerism also defined the era, engendering new trends in marketing and advertising. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the physical world. Born of a desire to obliterate all pre-established notions about art, Minimalism turned into a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key figures. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental philosophies of Abstract Expressionism, while eliminating the expressive and highly personal aspect it would often associated with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply relating to Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, distinctive to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for example, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Throughout Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism deeply influenced artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to depict the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the haunting angst of the meaninglessness of life.

George Rousse

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