Paris

Michel Seuphor

Galerie Denise René | Espace Marais

Some fifteen years ago, Michel Seuphor recalls, his dealer and friend Denise René described him in a biographical note for a catalogue as one of the rare pioneers still around from the ’20s, but who was “as unrecognized in the visual arts as in literature.” Today, at the age of 91, Seuphor remains quite proud of this distinction, even if, as René’s current homage demonstrates, it’s not exactly true any more.

Born in Antwerp in 1901, he literally came of age with the members of the European avant-garde. At 17 he launched himself in amateur journalism with a magazine in defense of Flemish language and culture (taking the pseudonym Seuphor—an anagram of Orpheus—in order to avoid recriminations). By the time he was 22, he had founded Het Overzicht (Panorama), the review of international politics and culture that soon took him to Berlin and Paris in order to make direct contact with members of

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