Huguette Arthur Bertrand (1922-2005)
A rare woman painter of the Lyrical Abstraction of Postwar Europe, Huguette Arthur Bertrand was active in the Parisian art scene, alongside Pierre Soulagesand, Hans Hartung , Zao Wou-ki, Chu Teh-Chun and others.
Bertrand became famous very early among the first representatives of the French abstract art after the war, designated under the name of the young and the new school of Paris .
Born in 1922 and after a childhood spent in the region of Saint-Etienne in contact with the textile tradition, she moved to Paris immediately after the war, became friends with artists gravitating around the gallery Denise René.
She participated in group “Les Mains éblouies” exhibition at the Maeght Gallery in 1949-1950 and gained her first solo exhibitions at the gallery Niepce in 1951 and the Arnaud Gallery from 1953 to 1959. Price Fénéon in 1955, she exhibited the following year in New York (Meltzer gallery) to Copenhagen (Birch gallery) and then in England, Belgium, Germany and Japan.
In 1956 she participated in the exhibition The Adventure of abstract art made by Michel Ragon .
“Neither geometrics, or abstract landscape. A beautiful lyrical abstraction that rises in the fifties and never ceased to swell its waters (…); strong belief that no shake mode “ , writesMichel Ragon in the catalog of a recent exhibition of the painter (Galarté gallery, Paris, 1987).
Huguette Arthur Bertrand is also the author of numerous tapestries made in Aubusson, a form of loyalty to his parentage and origins (Gallery La Demeure, Paris, 1975).
Works of Huguette Arthur Bertrand are collected worldwide, in major international museums including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec , the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis , as well as in private collections and the renowned foundations such Gandur Foundation for Art in Geneva.
In March 2012, the Diane de Polignac Gallery in Paris presented a monographic stand the artist Huguette Arthur Bertrand at the Pavilion of Art and Design, PAD Tuileries. Diane de Polignac Gallery also published a monographic catalog on the artist.
The Adventure of Abstract Art by Michel Ragon, Arnaud Gallery, Paris and Angers
Personal exhibition, Palace of Fine Arts, Brussels, 1957
50 years of collage, solo exhibition, Museum of Decorative Arts, Paris, 1964
The lyrical Envolée, 1945-1956 Paris , Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 26/04 / 2006-6 / 08/ 2006
Topics of abstraction, non-figurative painting of the Second School of Paris (1946-1962) , Gandur Foundation for Art, Musée Rath, Geneva, 06/05 / 2011-14 / 08/ 2011
Cathedral star, Huguette Arthur Bertrand, Gabriel Dauchot , Gastaud Gallery, Clermont-Ferrand, November 2012