Angel alonso is a painter. French, of Spanish origin, born. His work revolves around a reflection on color and material. The latter will be held for almost 20 years away from the art market, and hearing preserve the integrity of his work.
He is the father of Stephanie alonso, alonso and thierry gravleur. Early years: the flight of Franco's Spain and the installation in France. After years of self-taught training, alonso leaves spain.Indeed, between 1938 and 1939, angel alonso stopped only 17 years old, imprisoned and sentenced to death after taking Bilbao by Franco. His family filed a mercy petition, accepted Dufait his young age. He returned home, but a few months later, was again arrested for desertion, nayant not done his military service. It is then transported on the island of Fuerteventura.
It sévade then, after a period of hiding, won in 1947 the French border. He then leaves to join permanently LESPAGNE paris.And especially Nicolas de Stael. They often find themselves in their respective works. Guy Dumur in Nicolas de Stael, the fight with the angel, recalls: \Georges Braque, first, that he regularly sees André Lanskoy, already named, a young Spanish painter, angel alonso.
In addition to these first pictorial influences, he feels attracted by color and collage. In 1950, he was threatened dextradition LESPAGNE to Franco by the French authorities. A sorganise support committee, composed among others by Michel leiris. It nobtiendra French nationality quen in 1971 with the support of his stepfather, Roger Rigaud, former vice president of the Paris council. In 1952 alonso refuses to exhibit at the prestigious gallery jeanne stake by \Indeed, he believes that his age does not allow him to claim such exposure.In 1955, he exhibited at the gallery André Schoeller, who at that time represented such artists as rebeyrolle, Fautrier, Messagier, DUVILLIER, Gnoli, arroyo. From this exhibition its become denser materials. From 1957 to 1958, he painted a series of paintings inspired by the painting of Turner's funeral at sea of Sir David wilkie. These are the years of his fraternal meeting with maria zambrano, the same last who will present him Cioran. The latter called it in 1987 alonso as the \In light of these meetings, alonso initiates its own way. In 1952, he moved to genainvillier near Chartres, later, from the time his place of reflection and research, focused primarily on color. In 1958, he worked with leaves, apples, trunks, branches obsessed with the many aspects of plant sensations. He talks a lot with tal-coat, who also constantly experimenting.
In 1956, after living in Paris, the 49 of the street reindeer, angel alonso sinstalle to Laurencie homestead his wife Monique Rigaud, in the Limousin. They will welcome many of their friends, including the poet Yves Bayser.Suzane Tézenas famous patron, the man of letters and critic Dumur guy. This is where qualonso begins to work further on the matter and landscape. 60-70 years: bravado in the art market and the affirmation of a new pictorial language.
From 1960 and for over twenty years, alonso will take almost away from the art market. He devoted himself to painting as a spiritual requirement, always in contact with the earth and nature. These are intense years marked by a gradual return to the essential, which mostly results in color and in materials.
He begins the series of compounds large black tables from powdered coal, burned plants, straw, leaves, land that give the table a consistency and a unique intensity. Simultaneously it creates other works on wood, cardboard or paper where he continued his research and thinking about color. Early one morning, almost at daybreak, alonso was awakened by the smell of smoke from burning fields. It goes up to the gate of the farm of the chapel and saw that the fire advanced towards the house.
At first he gets scared and then realizing that they are only working in the fields, it remains enjoy the spectacle. When the fire goes out, this is the absolute vision: the black earth, like a carpet, it navait daussi never seen anything beautiful in his life.\He takes the bags and puts the ashes without touching it. This is how it all started for alonso. This is the initial period, around 1963, large coal and large mud spaces or burned lands, where all the possibilities of the black shine, vibrate, dry lhumide, the brighter the densest darkness. The only source of inspiration dangel alonso has always been the landscape. It was the center of daily discussions that united the young painter to tal coat stone, his friend, his spiritual father. They traveled times and once laltière forest lions, sarrêtant all quarters of an hour to draw and share their views on how to see a landscape. Since the death of Tal Coat, sensitive universe dalonso sest polarized on the vastness of the fields around his home in genainvilliers in Leure. For alonso, land is the most beautiful landscapes. Also happened to work the land itself.
Echoed these land surfaces, the color should be a wide, color is landscape. It is therefore understandable why alonso refuses any artifice to create depth, refuses any gradation of tone. He seeks what is that color and not as it appears to us as truth what a dune saffranchit strict limits of the frame color. The 80s: the development of a final piece. From the 80s, he exhibited works of the h-m Gallery (185 St-Germain Boulevard in Paris), which already had regular stone tal coat.In 1982, he returned to Paris, the former tal coat workshop that he makes available. It will alternate long stays and genainvilliers Brézin street. That year he exhibited at the gallery of art books. In these works, the color is the same landscape. With an exceptional mastery of materials, it does not hesitate to invent its red, green, yellow, orange ...
Who spring from the porous surface of his paintings. Between 1986 and 1989 he made several exhibitions at the gallery barber. The red, white and yellow, stretch the canvas, dotted with spaces interruptions, pushing color to the very extreme of the table.In these works he left out the good relations and the influences of his friend tal-coat and the way opened by Matisse. He supported a more radical requirement which makes his pictorial language to an essential writing in which the material and color come together permanently.
\In the application of color, alonso plays with the hardness and texture of the material; it introduces elements that reference the landscape genainvilliers, the work of the farmers or the artist gesture of laying color on the canvas. From there, sometimes it leaves on canvas spatula or small piece of wood that he used to expand the color. In 1987 juan carlos marset, intellectual and academic Spanish, near maria zambrano, angel alonso meeting on the occasion of his research on the philosopher and takes the measure of the importance of working capital dalonso.
A large retrospective is then implementation in Spain, where lintégralité of the workshop dalonso is transported to lorganiser. In the late 80s, alonso is overwhelmed by serious health concerns and was forced to settle permanently Brézin street. In May 89, the hospital Lannec, he wrote the poem beauty corpse. The disaster series, exhibited in 1992 at the gallery sapone nice, is the culmination of his latest research. He leaves again its yellow, green, land to return to black and white as the last refuge where he feels safe.
His last paintings, small -esquisses possible formats for a time that will never- buckle trip of his work and his life. The sudden death dangel alonso in Paris, the. Transforms the retrospective tribute in the form dune exposure.It will take place in France at the Institute cervantes (Paris, 1996), and Spain to fundacion marcelino Botin (santander, August-September 1996), Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid, January 1997). In 2009, the museum reina sofía (madrid) buys a large number of his works while the state receives Spanish archives (writings, correspondence, documents) with the prospect of creating dune foundation in santander. In 2013 takes place at the artsenal dreux the àngel alonso exhibition that brings together the painter's works for the first time in almost 20 years. 2014: September 10 to November 8 twenty years after the disappearance of angel alonso, michel Soskine Inc. (Madrid-New York) pays homage to the artist's first exhibition in Madrid of selected works of choice of some major gallery. It is in the category \The seller is \This article can be shipped worldwide.