Yann Arthus-Bertrand

1946 · France

Artist biography

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from France, like other celebrated artists such as Eric Roux-Fontaine, Jean-Xavier Renaud, André Mérian, Sarah Derat, and François Bel. Yann Arthus-Bertrand was born in 1946.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is represented and exhibited by Galerie Louis Carré & Cie in Paris, France. Yann Arthus-Bertrand's work has most recently been exhibited at Bel Air Fine Art | Geneva in Switzerland (03 June 2019 until 05 July 2019) with the exhibition RETROSPECTIVE.

Historical Context of France

France has been an influential country in the development of modernism. Throughout the nineteenth century, France fostered the beginnings of what is today known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by world renowned artists. In the first half of the twentieth century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural centre, originating cutting-edge movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements emerged at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French creative figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amidst many of others.

Further Biographical Context for Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Born in 1946, Yann Arthus-Bertrand grew up during the 1960s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1960s were a sensational decade internationally, witnessing a proliferation 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 twentieth 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 massive increase in consumerism, and the associated trends of marketing and advertising further epitomised the era. Minimalism developed a formal language with no external references, predicated solely on line, colour and geometric form as key constituents of both painting and sculpture. The main figures of Minimalism included Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Pop Art was an influential offshoot of minimalism, a discipline that became renowned through the work of artists such as Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. Around the world many artistic movements resonated the creative concerns of the previously mentioned movements, often with regional fortes and nuance. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni established Spatialism, and in Germany the Zero group under the leadership of Gunter Uecker espoused similar ideas. The influential school of Existentialist Philosophy was an important source of inspiration 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.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

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