Andre Minaux – Silhouette



André Minaux Lithograph  – Silhouette


Year: 1972

Edition : 120

Medium: lithograph on Arches paper, signed and numbered in pencil

Dimensions: 77 x 55 cm

Printers : Mourlot

Publisher : Galerie Maurice Garnier

Reference : Sorlier 278

A beautiful example of an Andre Minaux lithograph where the simplification of line work is combined with large flat areas of colour. Beautiful rich, earthy tones are displayed in this figurative artwork. His simplistic and minimal aesthetic is very powerful and timeless. Fernand Mourlot managed to convince Minaux to work with him to produce these beautiful lithographs, despite Minaux reservations, due to the fact Mourlot was working with the giants such as Matisse and Picasso at that time. Thankfully he was convinced and the body of work he produced is a wonderful. Minaux’s art is situated on the borders of neo-realism and tense expressionism.



b. 1923 Paris, France


André Minaux was a French artist, who must be considered as one of the most important lithographers of his generation, both in terms of the quantity and the quality of his production, alongside his painted work. He is best known for his stylised Social Realist paintings and prints that expressed contemporary life and art historical reference through abstracted figurative compositions. Born on September 5, 1923 in Paris, France, he studied under the great French painter Maurice Brianchon at the Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 1941 to 1945. Exhibiting his work as early as 1944 at the Parisian Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants, Minaux found considerable recognition and critical acclaim.

In the 1950s the Tate Gallery added a painting by Minaux to its permanent collection. Minaux continued exhibiting during the entire course of his career in Paris, throughout France, and also in New York, Amsterdam, Brussels, Montreal, Toronto, and Tokyo.

André Minaux’s early work promoted a return to realism, and used sombre, earthy pigments. However, his work from the 1960s developed away from naturalism and became more stylised and colourful, experimenting with new techniques and abstract forms.