The exhibition of the Salon d’Automne is presented in sections, rigorously selected and organized for a better reading of the works. Besides the classifications by disciplines (Engraving, Sculpture, Drawing, Photography, Digital Art, Video, Architecture, Environmental Art, Artists’ Books), there are several sections for Painting, defined by their pictorial tendencies.
The Synthese section, created by Monique Baroni, combines diverse modes of expression ranging from the highly figurative to the very abstract. Its purpose is to gather a lively, musical selection of art, with rhythms, highs and lows, rests, accents and silences so that the works mutually off set each other in a consistent whole.
Over the years, ties have been forged, friendships have emerged, a loyalty created, perhaps, through the emotions that only Art can conceive.
Catherine SÉVÉRAC – Ailleurs 3 – 146 x 114 – Huile sur toile
President of the SYNTHESE section
The simplest way to define abstract art is to say that it is « non-figurative art ».
Figurative painting is already an abstraction since it transposes reality onto a flat surface. In a painting, what is essential is the composition, the proportions, the rapport between colour and matter. Often it is not by a simple decision, but by a slow evolution that the artist’s work is directed subconsciously towards abstraction.
Some artistic movements of the last century have greatly contributed to the evolution of abstract painting, such as cubism for forms and fauvism for colours.
Abstract painting is constantly changing. The younger artists of the Salon d’Automne not only participate but they will ensure its continuity and renewal. The doors are flung open to the future.
Denis LEGRAND – Composition – 130 x 89 – Huile sur toile
President of the ABSTRACTION section
On July 21,1969, Neil Armstrong planted the American flag on the moon.
On August 3, 2007, a submarine placed the Russian flag just below the ice sheet covering the North Pole.
Every year in October, the Emergences section, mostly figurative, with a dream, even surrealist feel plants the flag of the Salon d’Automne in the heart of Paris on the Champs Elysees.
Ingres had said, ” Drawing and the Truth of Art.” At Emergences, design and colour are closely related.
Beyond the canvases that they’ll be given to look at, visitors will be invited to peruse the painted dreams of artists.
Michel DANKNER – Nu au balcon – 60 x 40 – Technique mixte
President of the EMERGENCES section
Expressionism does not seek to show the world as it is, but to express it. By the second half of the 19th century, Van Gogh had opened the doors to a way of painting marked by pure expression. He exploited this through the themes of body or portrait, without hesitating to distort features.
Four hundred years prior to that, the great colourist El Greco started this trend by elongating forms, exacerbating movement, increasing dramatic intensity by emphasizing the gaze. By 1580, El Greco deliberately created an expressionism that would only reappear in full at the beginning of the 20th century.
Jean PRÉVOST – Honfleur, le vieux bassin II – 162 x 114 – Huile sur toile
President of the EXPRESSIONISM Section
Figurative painting of quality is a rare commodity; it is however still well alive.
The painter’s job is difficult. One can love painting, colour and be eager to produce works with great sincerity, but that is not enough since one must first learn the craft.
Painting remains first and foremost a good and very old craft.
Thierry LEFORT – La grande chaumière – 150 x 150 – Huile sur toile
President of the SUBJECTIVE FIGURES Section
Let us be realistic, let us figure out the world, let’s try! It is not because you have a new way of looking at things that an object changes, rather it is because one accepts the true nature of the object that our gaze changes.
Jean-Bernard POUCHOUS – Echo du baril -195 x 160 – Acrylique sur toile
President of the FIGURES AND EXPERIENCES section
This section presents unusual, non-academic techniques, a current trend of art freed from norms. For the second year, emphasis is placed on another form of mural art -salvage art paintings of recovered objects, wood, plastic, bone, paper, industrial felt, fabrics… assembling techniques and collage, and also transforming materials,welded, twisted, knotted, sewn.
And we always give prominence to poetic and colourful painting and to odd sculpture.
Salvage, deviate, transform… in the words of Joseph Campbell, « artists are more than ever carriers of magic ».
Patricia BERQUIN – Afro Rythme – 155 x 34 x 30 – Nouage de cordes
President of MYTHS AND SINGULARITIES Section
The Convergences section contains all painting trends ranging from figurative to abstract, representing contemporary artistic movements.
This section is eclectic, expressing a variety of themes guided by artists from different cultures. They express art in styles free of all constraints. They capture the sublime moment of life or the imaginary with consummate skill based on their experiences.
BOUCHON – 13 Novembre – 130 colombes s’envolent – 120 x 120 – Huile
President of the CONVERGENCES section
The « Petits Formats » space at the Salon d’Automne has become a place of passionate encounters, enlightened amateurs, curious minds and collectors.
This year, the space pays tribute to Maître Rey, a notary from Perpignan. He was a great amateur of paintings by master painters and young talents. He collected works of the so-called « 1 Figure » format (22×16 cm) and small sculptures, hence the name « the Huns », a play on words that was adopted by his painter friends. Since 2002, selected enthusiastic artists have been offering « Small Format » works for sale at the show, allowing the public to acquire original paintings at affordable prices and to support their favourite artists. This space makes a small contribution to sharing new and contemporary art, and « to knowing that some men and women can not live without painting ».
Club des Amis de l’Europe et des Arts
The Salon d’Automne and C.A.E.A. continue art exchange since 1975 in Paris and Tokyo under the ethic of cultural exchange, art fraternity and the world peace. Every year, we find amicable meeting between the artists of cosmopolitan culture, and their artistic inspirations are shared with special respect at this pavilion in Champs-Elysées.
In order to pursuit much more invention, much more originality, this magnetic field is a creative sprout for all, forming the cultural diversity and the spiritual dynamism, like Ukiyo-E have provoked Japonism in the past.
President of the CAEA section
The Engraving section of the Salon d’Automne offers a comparison between different esthetics in each discipline of either woodcut or metal, with multiple variations, influences and complementary elements. These include: wire; wood; standing wood; chisel; dry point; etching and aquatint, black or mixed and other techniques.
Claude-Jean DARMON – Graphisme à deux voix – 50 x 65 – Pointe sèche
President of the ENGRAVING Section
The sculpture section of the Salon d’Automne covers many plastic art forms, showing numerous possibilities related to
the material. Whether sculpted in stone or wood, cast in bronze, metal or resin, assembled with diverse elements, all the works exhibited are the expression of each artist’s inner creativity.
They are placed among paintings, therefore bringing volume to flat surfaces.
They are like spikes, echoing the paintings’ colours, tones, rythms and themes.
RASKO – Le coq – 104 x 30 x 30 – Bois
When drawing was the basis of painting, sculpture and architecture, Michelangelo considered it « the root of all the sciences ».
Today, drawing has become an art in its own right. In the mid 19th century, Charles Baudelaire wrote: « drawing is a struggle between nature and the artist ».
In our changing world, this struggle can take the form of an embrace, an adversity or sometimes a loving dialogue. The drawing section of the Salon d’Automne presents works with various techniques: lead, ink, pastels, watercolour through means ranging from figurative to abstract art.
All these artists are, because of the unforgiving means, drawn to the essential.
President of the DRAWING / WATERCOLOUR Section
Mauricette TARTAMPION – Chris, tue-moi – 100 x 70 – Technique mixte
The Photography section of the Salon d’Automne is a space for artists both recognised and newcomers, coming from all walks of life.
Digital, numerical and mixed techniques are exhibited, respecting tradition and representing the innovative currents of contemporary photography.
At the Salon d’Automne on the Champs Elysées, the Photography section offers art lovers, collectors and gallery owners a wide array of rigorously selected artwork, which is varied and unique.
Rose SZNAJDER – La robe satin dans le jardin – 95 x 65
President of the PHOTOGRAPHY section
Since the 1960s, digital creations have developed considerably as an artistic genre.
From interactive art, generative art, audio-visual art, and even robotic art where the body is engaged; as spectacular, technological forms of expression, a new way of expressing themselves is offered to artists.
Digital art, always in dialogue with traditional arts, has become a highly successful art form in the 21st century.
Presidente of the DIGITAL ART section
Architecture is a fully-fledged art. It is the art of creating spaces,combining notions of composition, rhythm, proposing sets of shapes, proportions and balance, featuring colours, materials and light that resonate with the surrounding site.
The city evolves in diversity, which in turn builds its richness. The strength of each project lies in its ability to create emotion beyond constraints. The notion of synthesis between the different arts generates a strong link between music, painting and sculpture: the act of architectural creation, destined to leave a deep imprint, has value because of its plastic dimension and expression of its modernity.
Tétrarc – Manny, la fabrique, rives de Seine, Paloma, Hub, Boreal – Boulogne Billancourt © Charly Broyez
President of the ARCHITECTURE section
The art critic, Germano Celant, wrote about the space between the work and the context, as a mutual exchange: « Art creates an environmental space, and from the Environment Art is born ». The artist is in direct dialogue with the environment. This necessary adhesion is a kind of breathing, where the artistic architectures are in constant communication…
Through his practice the artist takes materials, appropriates them, diverts them, changes our perception, to better redirect it. Destruction, reconstruction, the work progresses, emerges, mutates in a temporal space. Artist’s work therefore settles in symbiosis with volumes and architecture. In perpetual movement, the artist leads us on unchartered tracks, on the path of dreams, to let go in order to re-create.
Any act, any material, support, space, magnify the work and talent of the artist.
Jack DUFOUR – Les courbes de niveau – 250 x 300 – Voilage et acrylique
President of the ENVIRONMENTAL ART section
The pages devoted to artists’ books, or « Livres d’artistes » which have, for such a long time, retained within themselves the creative gest, spread open and give themselves up freely to the reader’s gaze.
Pages of paper or metal, inked, engraved, cut out, all are the silent crucible of the alchemist, wherein text and images unite in wedlock in an ephemeral chant upon the very instant that they are read, as poetry come alive under the gaez of your eyes.
Michel BOUCAUT – Va vers toi
President of the ARTISTS’ BOOKS section