Robert Combas

1957 · France

Artist biography

Robert Combas is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from France, like other renowned artists such as Julien Berthier, Fabien Chalon, Agathe Snow, Varial Cédric Houin, and Ludovic Coutinho. Robert Combas was born in 1957.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Several galleries around the world represent and exhibit Robert Combas' work, including galleries in countries such as France, Switzerland, and Germany. The galleries exhibiting Robert Combas' work include Galerie Michel Descours in Paris, Art&Emotion in Basel, and DIE GALERIE in Frankfurt. Robert Combas most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Laurent Strouk in Paris with the exhibition Le Théâtre de la mer . The exhibition was open from 19 October 2018 until 22 December 2018. Robert Combas' only other exhibition is 40 Jahre DIE GALERIE ∙ 40 Years of DIE GALERIE, which took place at DIE GALERIE in Frankfurt, Germany (27 March 2019 - 31 May 2019).

Robert Combas in private collections

Thomas Chevallier and Jules Becquet Collection feature Robert Combas' works on Artland. They also include works by prominent figures such as Liam Fallon, Invader, and Mar Hernández.

Historical Context of France

France strikes out as one of the most prominent agents of modernism. What is today known as the avant-garde was established in the first half of the nineteenth century, and involved progressive and cutting-edge movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by key figures of the art sphere. Critically praised and dominant French artists from the beginning of the twentieth century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, although he initially 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 important and intellectual artistic centre at the onset of the century and contributed to the development of such vital movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which flourished in the post war era.

Further Biographical Context for Robert Combas

Robert Combas was born in 1957 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and progress in the arts, most often characterised as a response to the dominant tensions of the preceding decade. Conceptual art developed as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating cryptic and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years before, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly influential figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained leading figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of cross cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a major international celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the 1970s, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and guaranteeing that spray paint and tagging gained some egitimacy as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully develop and dominate throughout the next decade.

Robert Combas

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 5

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