Christian Jaccard

Galerie Jan Six and Musée Cantini

One of these two exhibits of the work of Christian Jaccard (that in Marseilles) is a retrospective, while the Paris show presents recent work; together they allow an understanding of an artistic method formed around a logic that is highly unusual. Jaccard’s work has developed through a striving for the unrepresentable, the “sublime”; an investigation into the specific properties of abstraction is integral to his thought. This inquiry, which pushes the artist to relentlessly examine the essential elements of his work, is not a cold-blooded dissection of the different forces that combine to constitute painting, however; on the contrary, it is realized and progresses in an impassioned but ambiguous movement.

The “Toiles calcinées” (Charred Canvases), which Jaccard executed between 1975 and 1978, mark the introduction of a technique aimed at obliterating plastic space. Here the artist burns

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