Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jean Miotte: painting the spirit of Liberté

Jean Miotte, (b.1926)
(title is not known)
Wall mural in Paris
© Copyright Jean Miotte. All rights reserved
photographs by versluis, 2010

While in Paris we came upon this mural by the French / New York artist artist Jean Miotte. This large piece offers an element of surprise—the joy of encountering the unexpected in the urban environment.

Miotte mentions this about his work: “My painting is a projection, a succession of acute moments where creation occurs in the midst of spiritual tension as the result of inner conflicts. Painting is not a speculation of the mind or spirit, it’s a gesture from within.” (1)

In addition, a website dedicated to the work of Miotte states:

Coming from traditional painting Jean Miotte’s work is characterized by a constant and important development leading to very individual and personal forms. The works display a strong tension in their aim to discern human existence with its anguish but also with its happy moments, in his quotidian acts, in all its complexity. (2)
  1. Miotte. Chelsea Art Museum, Home of the Miotte Foundation, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. http://jeanmiotte.com/.
  2. Ibid.

A view of the mural.

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