André Raffray

Galerie Baudoin Lebon

André Raffray makes reproductions of masterpieces. As a result, he occupies a marginal place in the contemporary art world, but he is well known to curators like Pontus Hulten, who exhibited him several times at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Little by little, Raffray has put his stamp on his methods of reproduction, which never yield straight copies of the original. This exhibition, entitled “L’Éloge des autres” (The praise of others), presented works from his retrospective last spring at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn, a confirmation that he is now recognized as an artist in his own right. Raffray is completely self-taught, and started making his own art rather late, around the age of forty-five. Applying the skills he acquired while working at Gaumont, the French film studio where he made “fake” paintings for movie sets, he has given free rein in his work to his love of landscapes.

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