Gilles Aillaud


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French painter, born in Paris. He was one of the French painters who in the 1960s used a Pop style to make left-wing political comments in their work. In 1965 he worked with Eduardo Arroyo and Antonio Recaltati (1938– ) on a controversial set of paintings showing the assassination of Marcel Duchamp, whose withdrawal from political commitment they attacked. In 1966 he exhibited paintings of zoo animals which were seen as comments on alienation under capitalism. His best-known work is probably Vietnam, la Bataille du riz (1968). Derived from a newspaper photograph, this shows an American soldier being taken prisoner by a Vietnamese woman against a background of rice fields.

Subjects: Art.

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