Marc Devade

1943 - 1983 · France

Artist biography

Marc Devade was a painter and writer. He was a member and founder of the french movement Supports/Surfaces and was also a part of the editing department of the magazine Tel Quel, as well a founder of another arts magazine PEINTURE, cahiers théoriques. He has left behind a strong legacy from his 15 years of work.

Marc Devade's first intentions were not to dedicate himself to the visual arts. He began as a poet, infatuated with philosophy, however thanks to a meeting with Marcelin Pleynet, he published some of his poems in Tel Quel in 1964, and later, became specifically interested in painting. He was also a leader in theoretical and practical debates concerning the plastic arts.

After his first personal exhibition at the Haut-Pavé Gallery, in 1970 - where he showed the results of his venture into chromatism, with some attributes taken from American Abstract Art and the paintings of Matisse - Devade joined the movement Supports/ Surfaces in order to participate in their discussions and exhibitions. It was only towards the end of his career that he would return back to oil painting towards the end of the 70's, having before caught the essential in ink. During this period, he was a man weakened by several dialysis so his final works carry much significance.

Marc Devade