Pierre Merlier

1931 - 2017

Artist biography

Pierre Merlier was a visual artist. Born in 1931, Pierre Merlier passed away in 2017. Artists like Viktor Iarkin, Oliviero Berni, Sverre Holm, Luciano Berruti, and Derek Hyatt were also born in 1931.

Further Biographical Context for Pierre Merlier

Pierre Merlier was born in 1931 and was primarily influenced by the 1950s growing up. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Pierre Merlier

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