Jean Moiras

Jean Moiras

Jean Moiras
Jean Moiras (b. 1945, French)   Jean Moiras (pronounced ‘mwhar-áhss’) is a French modernist painter from the School of Paris. His work is classic mid-20th Century modernism – the period after ‘High Modernism’ – when representational subject matter came to be mixed with abstraction in a single work of art. Moiras’ colleagues in style and subject matter include Bernard Cathelin, Foujita, Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud, to name just a few. A typical painting by Moiras – be it a land- or townscape, relies for its ground plan on a grid, as in the earliest compositions of Mondrian before he became a non-representational painter.* From this grid, spring abstract ‘shadows’ of color and forescapes – with more representational subject matter emerging from the painting’s horizon lines.  Part of the artist’s earliest education was in French polytechnic studies. Thus, an air of archi- tectonics and engineering can undergird the imagery in a Moiras townscape – crisp marine-dock and industrial-plant imagery all the way to domestic interiors and lovely French townscapes in Moiras’ ‘softer,’ more poetic works.  The artist’s impasto style combines bravado painterly application with extreme precision. Like Foujita and Manet before him, Moiras makes idiosyncratic use of the value black to create tense outlining that is almost ‘wiry’ or stained-glass-like. Finally, the hallmark of Modernism – its “push-pull” optical dynamics are in full force in Moiras’ work – with color fields and forms proceeding from and receding into the picture plane – a fourth-dimensional aspect of time elapsing in the mind’s eye. This is a truly remarkable jump in dimensionality when one considers that a painting’s ground is a flat, two-dimensional plane! How uncanny that artists from Picasso to Moiras are able to manipulate formal qualities in a flat work of art to cause its components to move and shift before the eyes of the viewer! – a singular triumph in the theoretics of 20th-century Modernism.   EDUCATION L’École des Beaux Arts, Paris, France   CAREER Studio Pierre Simonini, décors for theater, cinema, television in the company of the renowned Maurice Béjart, Nikki de St-Phalle, Jean Tinguely, et al.   SELECTED SOLO SHOWS† 2007                             Château de Val, Bort-les-Orgues 2006/’92                       Centre d’Art Contemporain, Chamalières 2006/’04/’02/’01           Maison des Comtes, Orcet 2003/’94                       Centre d’Art Contemporain, Issoire 2001                             Centre Culturel, Montpeyroux                                      Abbaye des Prémontrés 2000                             Espace François Mitterand, Marange Silvange 1996                             Château de Pont-Royal, Mallemort de Provence 1994                             Museum of Art and Archeology, Aurillac                                     Maison des Industries, Mulhouse 1986                             European Parliament, Strasbourg 1982                             Palais des Congrès, Clermont-Ferrand 1975                             L’École des Beaux Arts, Clermont-Ferrand    SELECTED GROUP SHOWS 2005                             Museum of Contemporary Art, Chamalières                                      Invité d’honneur des artistes d’Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand 1993/’86                       Museum of Contemporary Art, Chamalières 1990                             Barcelona Biennial of Contemporary Art, Spain, Juried Show 1989                             French-Canadian Salon, Juried Show, Montreal, Quebec, Canada                                     Museum of Contemporary Art, Issoire 1987                             Palace of the Popes, Avignon, France 1985                             National Society of Fine Arts, Paris   SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Chancellery of Universities, Clermont-Ferrand Faculty of Medicine, Clermont-Ferrand Counsel General of Puy-de-Dôme French Embassy, San Salvador, El Salvador   SELECTED PUBLIC & PRIVATE INSTALLATION-COMMISSIONS Port Camargue, sculpture & mosaic Offices of the City Council, mosaic, Auvergne Luitaud Laboratories, Brioude Mediatech, sculptural fountain, Issoire School of Architecture, mosaic, Clermont-Ferrand International Center of Endoscopic Surgery, frescoes, Clermont-Ferrand Department of Water Purification, mosaic, Le Grau du Roi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sculpture and sundial, Clermont-Ferrand   PRIZES, HONORS, & AWARDS ‘Medal of Honor,’ Chamalières, 2006 ‘Medal of Honor,’ Clermont-Ferrand, 2005/1981 ‘Medal of Honor of the Counsel-General,’ Puy de Dôme, 1996 ‘Medal of Honor,’ public installation, Chamalières ‘Silver Medal,’ contemporary art, Art Expo, New York, NY ‘Vulcan Prize,’ public installations, Auvergne/Puy de Dôme ‘Young Artist Prize,’ Denges Exhibition of Art, Lausanne, Switzerland   *The general outline of Modern Art suggests that at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries, representation slowly gave way to pure abstraction, only to later – at mid-20th Century – return to representation in hybrid forms, as discussed here.  †all in France, unless otherwise noted  
Artist

Artwork

Fete a la Ville Basse
Jean Moiras

Fete a la Ville Basse

oil on canvas

43.30 x 43.30 in

La Contrepasse
Jean Moiras

La Contrepasse

oil on canvas

15.74 x 15.74 in

Les Cabines
Jean Moiras

Les Cabines

oil on canvas

35.43 x 35.43 in

San Gorggio
Jean Moiras

San Gorggio

oil on canvas

31.49 x 31.49 in

La Grande Roue
Jean Moiras

La Grande Roue

oil on canvas

43.30 x 43.30 in

Le Champ Multicolor
Jean Moiras

Le Champ Multicolor

oil on canvas

35.43 x 35.43 in

Les Partitions
Jean Moiras

Les Partitions

oil on canvas

15.74 x 15.74 in

Sur la Lagune
Jean Moiras

Sur la Lagune

oil on canvas

43.30 x 43.30 in

La Grande Roue
Jean Moiras

La Grande Roue

Oil on Canvas

35.43 x 35.43 in

L'ecluse
Jean Moiras

L'ecluse

oil on canvas

23.62 x 23.62 in

Les Ponts de Paris
Jean Moiras

Les Ponts de Paris

oil on canvas

35.43 x 35.43 in

Vitaleta
Jean Moiras

Vitaleta

oil on canvas

23.62 x 23.62 in

Aristide Briand
Jean Moiras

Aristide Briand

Oil on Canvas

35 x 35 in

Lecon de Solfege
Jean Moiras

Lecon de Solfege

oil on canvas

15.74 x 15.74 in

Pointe du Minou
Jean Moiras

Pointe du Minou

oil on canvas

35.30 x 35.43 in

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