Pierrette Bloch in Paris in 2016. Photo: James Caritey / Galerie Karsten Greve

Pierrette Bloch (1928–2017)

The French postwar artist Pierrette Bloch, known for her formal abstractions for which she dripped and blotted ink on paper and used unconventional materials such as horsehair to “draw” in space, died in her home in Paris on July 7, at the age of eighty-nine. Galerie Karsten Greve confirmed her passing.

Bloch, whose career spans sixty years, had her first solo show at Mai Gallery in Paris in 1951. She was a student of André Lhote and Henri Goetz, and was later viewed as a forerunner to the short-lived French art movement that emerged in the late 1960s. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of institutions, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Musée Bellerive, Zurich; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels; MoMA, New York; and the Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan.

“Pierrette will be remembered for her courage, boldness, curiosity and adventurous spirit in her exploration of visual articulation as well as the deeply moving simplicity and expressivity inherent in her nuanced work,” Galerie Karsten Greve said in a statement.