Denise Cade Gallery
Jean-Pierre Pincemin

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Jean Pierre Pincemin, one of the leading French painters of his generation, was born in Paris on April 7, 1944 and died at the age of 61 on May 16, 2005 at his Arcueil studio.

A greatly-admired and larger-than-life figure in the French art world, he emerged in the late 1960s as an influential member of the Supports/Surface later established an independence rarely seen in today’s art world, producing works in varying styles and media – painting and sculpture, abstract and figurative. This willingness to explore new approaches resulted in, according to critic Barbara Rose, “shifting emphasis and redefining premises, permitting an incredibly creative originality.” What remained constant in Pincemin’s work, however, was a fine sense of painterliness and form, described by Grace Glueck in a 1996 review in The New York Times as “a strong emphasis on the physicality of painting, its materials, gestures and procedures,” which result in “tactile layering and glowing jewel-like tones.”

His work has been the subject of dozens of solo exhibitions, in Europe, North America, and Asia, and his paintings and sculpture are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including those listed below:

  • Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris
  • Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence
  • Musée de Grenoble
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts, Mulhouse
  • Moderna Museet, Stockholm
  • FRAC Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur
  • The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York
  • The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka
  • FRAC Midi-Pyrenees
  • FRAC Poitou-Charente
  • FRAC Limousin
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
  • Gifu Museum, Japan