Raymond Guerrier (1920 - 2002)

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Notes of biography

Raymond Guerrier was born in Paris in 1920. He was of Breton extraction. He was a real solitary. And with all the museums he frequented, he was an autodidact. He spent almost his whole life in Provence – he settled down in Eygalières in 1955, where his need of independence, calm and freedom lead him.
His first personal exhibition was organized in the Gallery Stiébel (Paris); others came after in France and abroad (London, New York, Geneva, Caracas, etc…). From his first exhibition, the artist asserted himself like one of the major painters of his generation. He obtained the price of the young painting in 1953, in front of already famous painters like Bernard Buffet, Lorjou, Rebeyrolle.
Guerrier travelled: Spain, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Jordan, Israel, and these sunny voyages represented a lot in his work; the artist changed for lighter colors his palette. Guerrier always affirmed his “natural inclination to paint in-depth and without system”. At first, during his learning time, his painting took place in the figurative world. His painting with a dominating grey, created a poetic and nostalgic climate. He painted landscapes, sometimes animated characters, and still life canvases. On his way, feelings and discoveries lead him gradually towards abstraction.
It was in Provence (Eygalières) that the man took root really. The South gave him his subjects. It was where the style of his pictorial language evolved little by little beginning with Braque’s influence; the organization and the appearance of the forms changed, the artist moved towards the abstraction. The external world and the objects were erased to leave the place to purely plastic fittings of colors, forms and rhythms.
The artist gave on the world a questioning look. He wanted to give his testimony, a true testimony. Michel del Castillo said about the artist: “Guerrier withdrew from the subject all that distracts and flatters the eyes, and he considers only the major implications”.
Many museums have works of the artist who died in Eygalières in 2002 (M.N.A.M of Paris, Musée Réatu in Arles, Musée Cantini of Marseilles, Musée of Tokyo, etc…).

  • Jug and Country View
    88 x 105 cms
    Oil