Michel Nedjar

1947 · France

Artist biography

Michel Nedjar is seen as an established artist, who originates from France, like other celebrated artists such as Eric Aupol, Renée Levi, Judith Prigent, Jean-Pascal Fournier, and Robert Combas. Michel Nedjar was born in 1947.

About Michel Nedjar's works

Michel Nedjar is a key figure within the fields of Design and Figuration. The boundaries between art and design are blurred and can be difficult to define. Also referred to as applied arts, the genre includes different categories such as industrial design, graphic design and fashion design. In the graphic arts, ranging from photography to illustration, it is often the context that will make the difference between Fine Arts and Applied Arts; such a distinction is most often based on how the work is produced, and how it is traded.

In essence, figurative art is art which represents recognizable aspects of reality, or of the human figure. Although the definition appears to be rather simple, figuration still remains in its very essence more than just a depiction of reality. Indeed, the different styles in which figurative art can be executed are endless, thus making figurative art a ground-breaking and ever changing category, in which Michel Nedjar's work is mainly grounded. Some critically acclaimed artists known for their contribution to figurative art include Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne or Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Michel Nedjar is represented and exhibited by Delmes & Zander | Cologne in Germany. Michel Nedjar's work has most recently been exhibited at Michel Soskine Inc. in Madrid (01 December 2018 until 26 January 2019) with the exhibition Paintings-sculptures-drawings.

Currently, Michel Nedjar has one work for sale on Artland.

Historical Context of France

France stands out as one of the most influential agents of modernism. What is today known as the avant-garde was pioneered in the first half of the nineteenth century, and involved innovative and cutting-edge movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, driven by key figures of the art sphere. Applauded and leading French artists from the beginning of the twentieth century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, although he originally was a Spanish national who relocated in France, as well as Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Paris was thought to be the most influential and intellectual artistic centre at the onset of the century and supported the development of such vital movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which appeared in the post war era.

Further Biographical Context for Michel Nedjar

Born in 1947, Michel Nedjar was predominantly inspired by the 1960s. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, witnessing a great increase of modernist philosophies and trends. It was the era of Kennedy and Kruschev, and the start of the Cold War, which would endure for most of the second half of the 20th century, and was epitomised most symbolically by the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961. The Iron Curtain divided Eastern and Western Europe, both ideologically and literally, and student political uprisings took place globally. Psychedelia, an enormous increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further defined the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, focused solely on line, colour and geometric form as key components of both painting and sculpture. The significant figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was a prominent offshoot of minimalism, a discipline made famous by through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Globally, a number of artistic movements resonated the artistic concerns of the above mentioned movements, often with regional fortes and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni developed Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker adopted similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of creativity for creatives, with artists like Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti achieving international prominence for their idiosyncratic approaches to the human form and the anguish related to the human condition.

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