Robert Filliou

1926 · France

Artist biography

Robert Filliou is an established contemporary visual artist, who was born in France. Robert Filliou was born in 1926. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Georges Mathieu, François Morellet, Yves Klein and Niki De Saint Phalle.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Robert Filliou's work is available on display in Peter Freeman, Inc. in New York, the United States and Barbara Wien in Berlin, Germany. Robert Filliou most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Cardi Gallery | London in the United Kingdom with the exhibition My life in Flux. The exhibition was open from 30 September 2019 until 20 December 2019. Robert Filliou's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; AKTION: CONCEPTUAL ART & PHOTOGRAPHY (1960 – 1980), (13 July 2018 - 25 August 2018) at Richard Saltoun Gallery in the United Kingdom and Filliou-ci, Filliou-là (27 June 2019 - 26 July 2019) at GDM | Paris in France. Robert Filliou's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Le Paradoxe de l’iceberg and took place at Air de Paris in France from the 11 March 2018 to 22 July 2018.

Historical Context of France

France stands out as one of the most prominent agents of modernism. What is today known as the avant-garde was pioneered in the first half of the nineteenth century, and included innovative and ground-breaking movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, driven by key figures of the art sphere. Applauded and dominant French artists from the early years 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 supported the development of such vital movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which emerged in the post war era.

Further Biographical Context for Robert Filliou

Born in 1926, Robert Filliou's creative work was largely influenced by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties 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. Influential 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, but necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Robert Filliou