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René Charles Acht (1920-1998) Suisse (Hartung,..) - Nid d'oiseau

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Mixed media, Oil on canvas - Signed - original - without frame - 1960

Technique: Mixed media, Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed
Condition: Good
Period: 1960-1969
Title of artwork: Nid d'oiseau
Artist: René Charles Acht (1920-1998) Suisse (Hartung,..)
Year: 1960
Total dimensions (H/ W/ D in cm): 92,5 x 73,5 cm
Edition: original
Sold with frame: without frame

René Charles Acht (1920-1998) Suisse Tachisme-Abstract Art

Rare oil painting on canvas 73.5 x 92.5 cm, mixed technique brush-spatula, signed and dated 1960

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(Born on 24 March 1920 in Basel, Switzerland and died on 3 May 1998 in Herbolzheim in Fribourg-en-Brisgau). He studied painting and sculpture at the art and crafts school in Basel from 1936 to 1940. After several stays abroad, including in Sweden, Italy and Finland, he returned to Basel and started teaching in Basel as well as at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. From 1972, René Acht found a new home in Fribourg in Brisgau, where he pursued an active art career until his death in 1998. His first international successes in ‘art informel’ in the 1950s were the invitations to documenta II in Kassel (1959) and to the 5th Sao Paulo Biennale (1959).

His work has been featured in more than 100 individual and collective exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Asia and can be found in collections around the world: Rothschild, Paris; Thompson, Pittsburgh; Ströher, Darmstadt; Arp-Hagenbach, Meudon; P. Guggenheim u. Modern art, New York; Chicago; Château Moyland, Bas-Rhin; Vienna; Bael; Zurich; Ulm; Duren; Fribourg and others
Tachisme (source Wikipedia)
The term “tachisme” was used around 1880 to define a variant of Pointillism. It ran in the newspapers along with all the —isms that designated the artistic movements of that time. The critic Félix Fénéon used it in 1889 to describe the technique which, in 1862, gave the name to the Italian macchiaioli, including a canvas by Giovanni Fattori that was exhibited in Florence in 1867 with the title Le macchiaiole (“The small stains”). Maurice Denis also used it in 1909 to refer to the fauve painters.

The critic Pierre Guéguen used it pejoratively in 1951. It was then reused in 1952 at the initiative of critic Michel Tapié in his book ‘Un art autre’ to designate one of the features of ‘art informel’, which corresponded with the gestural techniques equivalent to those that appeared after 1946 wiht Jackson Pollock, at the heart of abstract expressionism and which were qualified as action painting by the American critic Harold Rosenberg in 1952. The expression was again used in 1954 by critic Charles Estienne, to define the work of Hartung, Riopelle and Soulages in particular, then in his work ‘L'Art à Paris 1945-1966’.

This style of painting is a reaction to cubism and geometric abstraction, characterised by spots of colour resulting from spatters, brush splashes or spontaneous jets of paint on the canvas laid vertically or horizontally, drips, also possibly carried out using containers with holes according to the technique used by Jackson Pollock or directly from the tube such as the technique used by Georges Mathieu, sometimes reminiscent of calligraphy, particularly in drawing.

Tachisme claims to express itself through pictorial material alone and therefore also opposes European abstract painting in the 1940s-50s which, although repudiating the figurative content, stays faithful to the classic values of composition.

Some first beginnings appear with the surrealists as well, who experimented with various techniques and forms of automatism (Picabia, La Sainte Vierge, 1920, MNAM, Paris). The paint splashes used by Max Ernst and by André Masson around 1940, are purely surreal by the role played by chance, but are the first signs of “tachisme” before the term even existed and could even have exerted direct influence on Pollock’s dripping during the time that Masson and Ernst were staying in the United States during the Second World War.

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