Pierre Soulages - Conques / Une lumière révélée

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The text by Bruno Dubrogel reveals the extensive creative adventure of Pierre Soulages, by means of questions regarding aesthetics, spirituality and technologies.


Between 1987 and 1994, Pierre Soulages undertook the conception of the 104 church windows of the Sainte-Foy-de-Conques abbey-church using uncoloured and translucent glass he created to respect the variations of natural light.

In a previously unpublished text, Bruno Dubrogel brings a new perspective to the research of the artist who carried out none less than 700 attempts before achieving the desired result! By engaging a dialogue between Pierre Soulages' thoughts and inside and outdoor views of the windows of the church, the text reveals the extensive creative adventure of the artist, by means of questions regarding aesthetics, spirituality and technologies.

Pierre Soulages' church windows reveal the passage of time. Their “physical” nature serves as an introduction to a poetic experience, a metaphysical meditation. It reveals a light that, as the artist said himself, “Suggests contemplation, silence, concentration and internalisation”.


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Soulages (Pierre)

Very young, he was drawn to roman art and prehistory. During a short stay in Paris, he goes to the Louvre museum where he sees exhibitions of Cézanne and Picasso, who are revelations to him. It is only in 1946 that he spends his entire time painting. His canvases where black dominates, are abstract and dark, and are so different from semi-figurative and very colored post-war paintings, that they are immediately noticed. Recently, other pieces of art were created, where rythm, space and light were born from the violent contact between blanc and white on the whole surface of the canvas, it's an entirely new and different pictorial light.

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