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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 simplified motifs. Working with collage, 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 relationship between emptiness and fullness stemming from her spontaneous gestures, Pierrette Bloch would go off on an “adventure”. Aside from collages, from 1971, Bloch also started producing works in China ink on paper. In these pieces, Bloch creating a confrontation between black and white through marks, spots and squirts. These produce graphical, rhythmic drawings. In addition, the ink pictures – white, ivory, black and grey – produce a kind of inscription, whose significance remains a secret kept by the artist alone. All these works bear this stamp whilst also incorporating scraping techniques in the process of 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 in Amsterdam, the Foundation Louis Vuitton pour la Création in 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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