Eduardo Arroyo

Centre Pompidou

This important retrospective of the work of Eduardo Arroyo was more than simply an artistic event ; it also had political significance, giving us an overview of the current cultural orientation in France and making “official” a genre of painting that manifests social and historical commitment while taking a figurative course.

The Nouvelle Figuration (New Image)—also called Figuration Critique (Critical Image) or Figuration Narrative (Narrative Image)—first appeared during the ’60s. Among its artists, Arroyo is an exemplary figure. Born in Madrid in 1937, he moved to Paris in 1958 and made it his home. He aligned himself with Europe against America, finding a favorable reception in the heart of the French intelligentsia as he wrote, “In New York and London people think that something is happening, but it’s exactly there that nothing is happening.” With friends, he undertook a

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