French painter and filmaker, Jacques Monory, Died at 94

Jacques Monory was born on June 25, 1924, and died on October 17, 2018.

He was a French painter and filmmaker.

Jacques Monory work was highly influenced by photography and cinema, is an allegory of the contemporary world with a focus on the violence of everyday reality.

Jacques Monory canvases conjured a heavy atmosphere, pulling subject matter from modern civilization through the lens of his signature monochrome color blue.

His work was exhibited from January 12 to February 23, 2018, at the Richard Taittinger Gallery in New York City.

Media paper, New York Times featured the show in an article titled “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week”.

Written by Martha Schwendener, “Mr. Monory’s canvases can be best compared to the work of ’80s American postmodern painters like David Salle, Jack Goldstein, Troy Brauntuch and Eric Fischl, but he has a soft spot for older figurative artists, too, like Edward Hopper.

Also to that “Spéciale n°54 Hommage à Hopper” (2007) features a house with a nearby road sign for the Hopper Center, although no such institution exists, except in this painting, which works, as does most of Mr. Monory’s activities, like a movie screen where fantastical drama and action are routinely played out.”

His work was initially exhibited at the Drouant-David Gallery in Paris in 1952.

He became one of the leading figures of the European movement of Pop Art in the 1960s, called Narrative Figuration by the art critic Gérald Gassiot-Talabot.

Jacques Monory directed the influential film Ex- and painted the series Les Meurtres (Murders), during 1968.

During 1971, Pierre Gaudibert curated a solo exhibition, Monory Catalogue 1968- 1971 at the Modern Art Museum of Paris which heightened his visibility, making him instantly recognizable.

Jacques Monory work is included in the permanent collections of Pompidou Center, Paris, France; The Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art, Fukoka, Japan; the Maeght Foundation, Saint-Paul de Vence, France; National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana Cuba; the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea; the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, Germany; the Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chili; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland; and the Museum Colecção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal.

Jacques Monory passed away at 94 years old.

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