Name: Pierre Boncompain
Bio: I must thank Margaret Zayer of Pastels Henri Roché for pointing this website to me.
Pierre Boncompain was born in 1938 in Valence, Provence into an educated family where an interest in all of the arts was nurtured from a young age. In 1959 he entered the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs and in 1963 the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts where he won the Prix de Collioure. He was selected for the 1970 Prix Charles-Paquement des Amis du Musée d'Art Moderne, Grand Prix de la Critique.
A 1972 residence at the Fondation du Château de Lourmarin was followed in 1977 by a cultural mission to India with the writers Michel Tournier and Robert Sabatier. Over the years that followed he built an international reputation as one of the most promising post-School-of-Paris artists, with exhibitions and retropspectives in Paris, Lausanne, Milan, London, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Beijing, and Shanhai.
In addition to his permanent presence on the walls of Artfrance in Paris that has presented a major solo exhibition of his works every three years since 1976, Boncompain has exhibited frequently elsewhere in France and abroad. He is currently represented in New York, Tokyo, Vallauris, Dieulefit, Hong Kong, and Aspen.
In 2002 he was commissioned by Johnson and Johnson to paint a large mural at their headquarters in Hamilton, New Jersey.
Publications: Boncompain has published a number of monographs and catalogues raisonés, and illustrated works from the Canticle of Canticles, to Alexander Solzhenitsen. As Georges Borgeaud has remarked in his book about Boncompain, "fruits and flowers provide an Epicurean feast for the eyes and the spirit, the distant mountains let us know that the slopes which we see in the picture are caressed by Mediterranean light".
Medium: Pastel, ceramics, tapestry. It is not simply Boncompain's choice of subject that sets him apart, but his bold use of color. Whether in oil or pastel, Boncompain is the quintessential colorist. As Michel Deon commented, "we do not speak in front of his pictures, our attention captured by the peace it is steeped in, this longing for Summer, these haunting blues, these ochres and these yellows of Provence, this festival of light, good taste and discretion".
Subjects: Figurative, interiors, landscape, still life. His figurative works depict beautiful women in languid poses or enjoying a siesta while evading the heat of the Provence afternoon. His figures do not confront the viewer, but gaze off in the distance, lost in a daydream or lost in the dream world of sleep. The sensual line that winds its way through the form of the female figure is reminiscent of the works of Matisse.
Style: Post Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse
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Gallery: Retrospective: Figures, Nus, Intérieurs, Paysages, Nappes et batiks, Bouquets, Nourritures terrestres.
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