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Eugene Leroy

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

Eugène Leroy, now 78 years old, was until recently practically unknown as a painter. A native of northern France, where he still lives, Leroy has quietly realized a considerable body of work. In spite of more than 20 one-person shows—two of which were in Paris at the Galerie Claude Bernard in 1961 and 1963—Leroy had to wait until the early ’80s to capture critical attention from both the institutions and the market. This traveling retrospective, which comprised 80 paintings, spectacularly confirmed Leroy’s new-found status as a major painter and should go far in establishing him as such.

In front of these astounding paintings, one could easily understand why Leroy has had to wait so long for the exposure his painting deserves. The work does not catch one’s attention right away. It is impossible to relegate these strange accumulations of colored pigment, which exhibit not the least concern

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