The Jean-Pierre and Françoise Arnaud Collection

On 19 November 2020, by Caroline Legrand

This couple from Angers was deeply committed to contemporary art. Around 80 works from their collection, particularly heavy on abstraction, will go under the hammer in their hometown.

Luis Feito (b. 1929), Sans titre (Untitled), 1962, oil and mixed technique on canvas, annotated “369” on the back, 114 x 146 cm (44.89 x 57.49 in).
Estimate: €25,000/30,000

From lithographs by Zao Wou-ki (€1,200/1,500 each) to an ink and wash drawing by Olivier Debré (€2,000/3,000), a 1977-1978 gouache by Optical Art founder Victor Vasarely (Taler-Pre, €8,000/10,000) and paintings by Natalia Dumitresco, including Printemps (Spring), estimated at €2,500/3,500, this group celebrates the diversity of abstract art since the end of the Second World War. Luis Feito was one of its most interesting representatives. After graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Madrid, his hometown, the Spanish artist started his career with figurative works before striking out on an innovative path in the 1950s. Feito became a professor at the San Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in 1954, the same year he exhibited for the first time, at the Buchholz Gallery. In 1961 he helped organize the Spanish artists’ group “El Paso” alongside, notably, Antoni Tàpies, with the aim of promoting open-mindedness. A personification of that quality, Feito spent the years 1954-1955 in Paris, where he discovered Cubism and abstract art. This 1962 painting is one of his first completely abstract works. It was bought by the Arnauds at a 2008 auction (Artcurial) and exhibited at the 2017 Angers Museum of Fine Arts show “Collectionner, le désir inachevé” (“Collecting, Unachieved Desire”). Feito was represented there by an overwhelmingly red painting with a black ground. From 1964-1965 other colors entered his compositions in thick and flat masses deposited on solid grounds, giving rise to geometric shapes. Red and black still dominated this work, in which uncontained violence powerfully springs forth from thick masses of paint and color. This gestural expressionism where automatism still reigned was close to the lyrical abstraction practiced at the same time in Paris, and gave the artist the most beautiful way to achieve catharsis.

 In 1953 Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) left the United States for Europe. He went to Italy, Spain and then France, where he met Jean Dubuffet, Georges Mathieu and Pierre Soulages, but also another American, Sam Francis. His painting is not confined to abstraction; it is at times linked to a more classical tradition, such as the decorative tradition of a Henri Matisse. Jenkins tackled collage in the 1980's and 1990's, as can be seen in this acrylic and collage on canvas, Phenomena Duo-Aspects of One (84 x 103 cm, 2.75 x 3.37 ft), dated 1992-1994 and located in Saint-Paul de Vence. Here, we are in the world of theater, with a photo of Yves Montand and Simone Signoret standing next to the torn fragment of a poster of a comedy by Molière (2 000/3 000 €).

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