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Barré, Martin (1924–93)

Ian Chilvers and John Glaves-Smith

in A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art

Third edition


Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191792229

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His abstract paintings, always the result of the work of a single session, tend to expose the elements of painting, especially the process of making. This to some extent distinguished him from other post-war French abstractionists who were more concerned with the exercise of taste and ‘fine painting’. For instance, some of Barré's paintings consist of repeated lines of equal length but differentiated by the accidents of the dragging of the brush along the surface of the canvas. In other works he used paint applied with the knife or the aerosol can. In some works the composition is determined by the mathematical division of the canvas, but the paintings have a kind of instability which the critic ...

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Subjects: History of Art

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