The Obsessions of Sam Szafran at the Musée de l’Orangerie

The Obsessions of Sam Szafran at the Musée de l’Orangerie
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With his poetic and dreamy approach to reality which he cultivated in the solitude of his own atelier, far from the chaos of art and its trends, Sam Szafran consecrated his work with a figurative approach, taking a singular place in the art of the second half of the XX Century. A difficult childhood, shaken by the catastrophes of the Second World War, in a family of Polish-Jewish origins, pushed the painter of leaves to prefer solitude, focusing on his own existence so he could transfer to his painting and pastels his favourite themes. Three years after the death of the French artist, the Museo dell’Orangerie gathers, in an exhibition entitled Sam Szafran. Obsessions of a Painter, ateliers, stairways and foliage, existential subjects which always found their way into the career of the artist. The itinerary includes over sixty works, with pastels, water colours and charcoal pieces, offering a broad overview of his work. After having discovered, at the start of his career, the techiques of Edgar Degas, the great pastel master of the XIX Century, Szafran sought to update this interest for light and colour in his own individual and contemporary way. Self-taught, he took on water colours, fascinating field of research that he would engage fervently until his death. From his mentors, the cinema and Alberto Giacometti, Szafran learned to cultivate space and movement, challenging the eye, deforming and deconstructing perspective. Hermetically sealed locations burst open, giving life to spaces which blend and clash, symbols of an order lost forever.

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