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Pierrette Bloch


Pierrette Bloch © James Caritey, Paris

Pierrette Bloch is one of the most renowned French Post-War Abstract artists, born in Paris in 1928.

Throughout her career, Pierrette Bloch employed everyday materials and reduced motifs. Working with collages, ink on paper, hardboard, rope and horsehair, she developed her favourite forms of reference – dots, lines and hyphens. Exploring the limits between drawing and sculpture as well as the relationships between emptiness and fullness that stem from her spontaneous gestures, Pierrette Bloch would go off on an “adventure”. Apart from collages, Bloch has also been working in China ink on paper since 1971, confronting black and white through marks, spots and squirts. These produce graphical, rhythmic drawings. The work in ink on paper – white, ivory, black and grey – produces a kind of writing, whose secret nature remains within the artist. All these works bear this stamp and also incorporate scraping techniques in their making.

From 1947 to 1948 she studied with André Lhote and Henri Goetz. Her internationally-renowned work has been exhibited in prestigious museums and belongs to numerous public and private collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Foundation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, Paris, the Museum of Jewish Art and History, the Georges Pompidou Centre and the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris. Pierrette Bloch died in July 2017 in Paris, France.

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